Friday Thoughts: Process vs. Result
On Wednesday, my oldest son Carson finished reading a pretty lengthy book, but when he found out there wasn’t an AR test for it, he was really bummed and thought reading it was a waste of time. Reading was a waste of time?! That definitely concerned me, and we had a great talk about the joy of reading. In the end, he was glad he read it, but I saw a glimpse of him focusing so much on the destination and forgetting about the journey.
And we all do that in so many areas of life. As Tal Ben-Shahar puts it, we view the end as a “deadline” rather than a “lifeline” that keeps us going. We forget about being in the moment and all we care about is finishing.
In the book, The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor says, “When we reconnect ourselves with the pleasure of the ‘means,’ as opposed to only focusing on the ‘ends,’ we adopt a mindset more conducive not only to enjoyment, but to better results.” Translation: learn to enjoy the process.
- My Economics class took a test yesterday and scores are posted on RenWeb. The results say students mastered the material (the class average was a 96%, after all), but I’m more proud of the process it took to get there— the discussions, the learning of the new material, the questions, the activities, etc.
- Scores for last week’s Aspire English Periodic Assessments are now available and ready to be disaggregated. The overall results show improvement, but I’m more proud of the process it took to get there— the class discussions, the independent reading, the guided reading, the writing practice, etc.
- Two weeks ago, several of our students took the ACT and their scores will be available any day now. I suspect the results to be on par with our previous years’ results (which again, are pretty impressive), but I’m more proud of the YEARS of preparation our students have put in. That process has been the fun part!
We’ve had a great year so far! We’ll continue to assess our students and use data to drive our decisions, but we’ll do so knowing the process is the largest part of the journey.
I love how Hugh MacLeod put it in his blog post yesterday: Worry about the process, and the product will take care of itself.