Jordan Collier

Checkmate

I got beat in chess by a student… again… and I’m officially out of the chess tournament organized by Mr. Santos.

There was nowhere to hide in the library when I heard “checkmate,” and the worst thing about it was I didn’t see the move coming. One minute I’m moving my bishop to set up my genius five-step attack, and the next minute my opponent’s queen moves and I had no place for my king to go. Checkmate.

I can make up all the excuses I want about why I lost, but it really doesn’t matter. I got beat pretty soundly by a student.

And I’m glad other students saw it happen. Really— I’m ok with it.

Students need to see us not be good at something and struggle and fail because that’s what learning is. They need to see us rebound and not quit when things don’t go our way. They need to see us try something new and risk failing.

As adults, sometimes we don’t want to do that, but we should be comfortable taking risks and use those times to model appropriate responses when things don’t quite go our way— just like when I heard “checkmate.”

(PS— we’re now down to 13 marbles remaining)

Jordan Collier

Jordan Collier

Secondary Principal

Jordan Collier is the secondary principal at CAC. Prior to joining the CAC family in 2011, Jordan was an English teacher for the Cabot School District. Jordan is a two-time graduate of Harding University (’03 and ’08) and has a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Each week, Jordan shares his Friday Thoughts with the CAC faculty and staff, and an excerpt of that is shared on The 'Stang.

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