About Victoria A. Davis

Teaching, global collaboration, self improvement, striving to be my very best in the time on this planet and to inspire and help others do the same. Books are my life - I read probably 600 pages or so a week, although I can't count pages any more because I am a total Kindle-holic!

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Recent Activity

  • Victoria shared from Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking by Shane Snow
    Research from Brunel University shows that chess students who trained with coaches increased on average 168 points in their national ratings versus those who didn’t. Though long hours of deliberate practice are unavoidable in the cognitively complex arena of chess, the presence of a coach for mentorship gives players a clear advantage. Chess prodigy Joshua Waitzkin (the subject of the film Searching for Bobby Fischer) for example, accelerated his career when national chess master Bruce Pandolfini discovered him playing chess in Washington Square Park in New York as a boy. Pandolfini coached...
    Note: Awesome point about needing a coach or mentor!
  • Victoria shared from Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series) by Jocelyn K. Glei, 99U
    Be aware of the cost of constant connection. If your focus is always on others—and quenching your appetite for information and external validation—you will miss out on the opportunity to mine the potential of your own mind.
    Note: There is a cost to constant connection... great quote from masterful book
  • Victoria shared from Up from Slavery: an autobiography by Booker T. Washington
    In order that I may keep in constant touch with the life of the institution, I have a system of reports so arranged that a record of the school's work reaches me every day of the year, no matter in what part of the country I am. I know by these reports even what students are excused from school, and why they are excused—whether for reasons of ill health or otherwise. Through the medium of these reports I know each day what the income of the school in money is; I know how many gallons of milk and how many pounds of butter come from the dairy; what the bill of fare for the teachers and students...
    Note: How Booker T Washington administered the Tuskegee Institute is so impressive. good book for admins.
  • Victoria shared from Up from Slavery: an autobiography by Booker T. Washington
    The number of people who stand ready to consume one's time, to no purpose, is almost countless.
    Note: The number of people who stand ready to waste your time is countless... Booker T Washington
  • Victoria shared from Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward by Henry Cloud
    Recommitment does not make a person who is unsuited for a particular position suited for it all of a sudden. Promises by someone who has a history of letting you down in a relationship mean nothing certain in terms of the future.
    Note: Wishing all managers and principals would read and understand this. Much damage by unfit teachers...