Adviser Update Summer 2016 - Page 32

You can only do what you can do. So do that, and then be OK with it. When you can, reflect on where you’re at, what you have done, and what needs to be done to get better -- and then do some of that. Do. Reflect. Improve. Repeat. Get a mentor. Eventually, help others. And try to stick with us for the long haul. We need committed advisers who are in it for a career, and not just for a short season. (Finally, in a real pinch -- have a glass of wine when you get home. Try my current fave, the Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling by Columbia Valley. Under $10 a bottle at Costco. You are welcome.) Karl Grubaugh 2008 DJNF TOY Be a coach, but do not be a player. The publications belong to the students. Let them do the work. It is difficult for some advisers to grasp that concept. A basketball coach can’t go on the floor and make plays for his or her team. Neither should an adviser make plays for his or her journalistic team. Teach the students their rights and responsibilities. Help them take pride in their work. H.L. Hall 1982 DJNF TOY Take what you are given and make the best happen with it that you can, then push for a little more. have always thought there are two types of people in the world: people who make it happen and and people who make excuses for why it can’t happen. When you are like the latter, you are wasting your energy and going nowhere. But when you are making it happen, kids sense your passion and commitment and they like to be surrounded by people like that. Set the bar high for yourself and your students, and push to go just beyond that bar, even you. Challenge yourself to be a lifelong learner alongside your students. Don’t be afraid to explore the unknown because you don’t feel secure enough to teach something. Take a leap into the unknown with them and know that’s it earns respect from the kids when you let them know it is okay to not know everything as a teacher. Val Kibler 2010 DJNF TOY In my DJNF acceptance, I offered this advice: Listen to your readers. Without them you do not exist. Listen to your colleagues. Your success depends on “playing well” with others. Listen to your reason. Make the right decisions for the right reasons. Listen to your heart. Care and concern work magic. ending days of the school year and not panic when senioritis or even junioritis sets in. Be proactive. Start planning for the next staff and year. Have brown bag lunches or buy pizza, prepare a media kit so the new staff can sell ads in the summer, work on an updated staff manual, make sure all staffers have contact information of each other, and the adviser as well. Set up an extra email account so your personal email is different from the staff one. Put the returning staff in charge of the last issues so the seniors can mentor them without being responsible for the last issues, pages or broadcasts. Dr. Alyce Culpepper 1986 DJNF TOY Remember, as adviser, your role is not to do or to decide. it is to support, to model, to encourage, to challenge, to question and, among so many more roles, to let students learn from being responsible for their student media. It might be hard at times, uncomfortable at times. Performing those roles are the most important things you can ever do as advisers. John Bowen 1983 DJNF TOY John Cutsinger 1987 DJNF TOY I think it is important to keep your sense of humor throughout the Do not wait to get even the rawest and newest kids out reporting stories. There is a lot to know to become a strong journalist, lots of skills to develop. But if we are not