I’m starting a book study, and I’d like you to join me. Waitwaitwait!!!! Don’t go anywhere. I’m not asking for much. Because this is a book study where you don’t actually have to read the book. You can just read the blurbs in this blog and join the conversation in the comments. It’s a book study for procrastinating and distractible readers like me!
The book is Tim Ferriss’s Tools of Titans, and I’m calling the book study Tools of Titans for Teachers, or #TT4T for short. You can read the intro blog post about the book study here if you’d like. You can read Tim’s Summary of his own book here. It’s great.
The purpose of this book study is to share the tools we use as educators that make us effective and successful. We’d love to hear your thoughtful replies to any of these posts. You don’t even need to be reading the book to participate! But if you’d like, you can buy it here. I make no profit, and I believe Tim is donating any profits to donorschoose.org. Thank you, and welcome to the #TT4T community!
Billboards have been around for centuries. They’re effective at creating a message for political, social, or economic purposes. Many of us have some sort of small billboard in front of our classrooms. Sometimes they’re inspirational messages or quotes. Sometimes they express a value or a classroom norm about how people should be treated. Sometimes they are content specific, sometimes not.
During interviews, Tim Ferriss loves to ask “What would you put on a billboard?” (As one example, see page 445 in Tools of Titans.)
I think it’s a useful question. But I’m more curious about the message behind the billboard.
So I’d like to hear from the #TT4T community:
What message are you creating with your billboard?
And why is it so essential that it warrants billboarding?
In other words, I’m curious about the “why” behind the message. Why is it such an important part of your professional identity? Why is it a keystone in your work with students?
Looking forward to continuing the dialogue in the comment section.