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Find yourself looking for a great summer read? Well, look no further! I have a book that will change your thinking and life along with your student's and the world if you take my challenge to share the Fred principles. This book will show you, "How passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary" (Sanborn, 2004). What is the title you ask of this National Bestseller? Why of course it's The Fred Factor written by Mark Sanborn! 

I am going to summarize the full Fred philosophy/program to begin implementation in any classroom or office right now so get ready to be inspired, captivated, and energized!

Fred is a mailman in Denver, Colorado who went so far above and beyond what was expected of him, he had a best-selling book written about him! (The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn) A "Fred" is someone who does the little things that make a big difference such as being kind to others, being extraordinary, giving 100% effort in everything they do, or going the extra mile!

Intrigued? Now you are asking "What are the four Fred principles?" Waste no time to read and find out these principles that will make a difference in your life and everyone you share them with now and in the future!

Still not convinced to get the world renowned Hall of Fame speaker's book? Well, let me share an excerpt from it that may change your mind!

"There are days when you wake up tired. You figure you've read the books, listened to the audio tapes, watched the videos, and sat through the training sessions. You're doing everything you can possibly do to produce personal excellence, but you're still fatigued and unmotivated. When your life is at a low tide when your professional commitment is wavering and you just want to get the job done and go home at the end of the day, what can you do?

Here's what I do: I think about the guy who used to deliver my mail. Because if Fred the Postman could bring that kind of creativity and commitment to putting mail in a box, I can do as much or more to reinvent my work and rejuvenate my efforts. I believe that no matter what job you hold, what industry you work in, or where you live, every morning you wake up with a clean slate. You can make your business, as well as your life, anything you choose it to be. That's what I call the Fred Factor." (Sanborn, 15)

You might be saying to yourself, this book isn't for me, because I'm upbeat and living my best life! I don't need to read it! Well, I ask you to think about your family, friends, colleagues, and students! Are they living their best life? Why not give this 112-page book a try so everybody you meet and know can be EXTRAORDINARY?

Can you imagine a class and school full of students striving to be Freds? "Freds know that one of the most exciting things about life is that we can awake each day with the ability to reinvent ourselves. No matter what happened yesterday, today is a new day. While we can't deny the struggles and setbacks, neither should we be restrained by them" (Sanborn, 62-63). Sound familiar? Don't we teach our students about changing their Mind Sets? I tell my students all the time that they can become their best reader, that they will find a book that they will love, hard work will pay off for them in our class, and they too can be a Fred!

Ponder this for a moment. Do your students push in their chairs, get textbooks for each other, compliment the custodians, greet and notice the cafeteria workers, hand write notes to their teachers and administrators thanking them for the difference they have made in their lives, stand up in front of the class and give a "Shout Out" to a classmate for going above and beyond, want to acknowledge all the "Freds" they come in contact with in school and out, tell their family members kind words, etc? Come to my classroom at Cypress Creek High School in Cypress Fairbanks ISD any time and you will see all of the above and then some!

Last and not least, imagine having a class where at any given moment you are perfectly fine with having any administrator in your building, the Superintendent of 115,000 students and 15,000 staff, School Board Trustees, Associate and Assistant Superintendents, any guest, and you will experience the comfort and beautiful atmosphere of our Fred Classroom!

Order the book online, share the Fred principles, show Mark Sanborn video clips occasionally, nominate and award Fred students, and you too will reap the benefit of a Fred Classroom!

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Here's how to get started and on your way:

1. Buy the book: The Fred Factor and/or Fred 2.0

2. Read it. 
3. Share excerpts with your students. (Many of my students even read the book.)
4. Show your students Mark Sanborn's video: How to Provide Extraordinary Customer Service--The Fred Factor. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4GKQ9kTnSg4 (6:06) and The Fred Factor Movement https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=C1mqnO3Fpt0 (2:28)
5. On "Mailman Mondays" or "Finding Fred Fridays" have students nominate and vote on the "Fred of the Week".
6. The student with the most votes is the Class Fred of the Week and they earn a Fred Certificate.
7. Record their name and a one-word descriptor on the Fred chart.

8. At the end of the six weeks give the weekly Fred winner's a paper sack with "You're a Fred" or "Above and Beyond" or "Going the Extra Mile" written on it with a 6 oz water bottle and a few candy treats inside.

With these eight steps, you and your students are on their way to becoming EXTRAORDINARY!

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Super Fred Campus:

1. Share the Fred Principles with your principal and how it is working in your classroom.

2. Ask your principal if you and your students could ask the staff and student body if someone would design a Fred Shirt for the staff.
3. Ask the administrator if a staff member purchased the shirt for $25 they could wear the shirt and jeans on "Mailman Mondays".
4. The monies from the t-shirt sales would be used in the following ways: to buy paper sacks, markers, treats, copy paper for the certificates, gift cards for students, and scholarships. (Last year the Fred Ambassadors at Cy Creek High School gave away eight $100 bills to staff and students, one $750 scholarship to a Senior that exhibited the Fred Philosophy, and 3000 Fred goody bags.)

5. Establish the Fred Ambassadors club before or after school. Invite students and teachers to attend. The Fred Ambassadors make the Fred goody bags, each semester read through the $100 Fred winner applications, narrow it down to the top 3-5 students and staff, hold 2-3 minute oral interviews with the finalist, choose the winners, and encourage everyone around them to be a Fred.

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Monthly Fred Jar Give Aways to Community Members that Exhibit the Fred Principles:

Think about a world of giving back, being thoughtful, and acknowledging the fantastic people around you. Here are two great books to use in accomplishing your mission.

What do you get when you combine two best-selling books? FRED JARS!

I married Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright and The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn and came up with a phenomenal idea--FRED JARS.

The stories’ main characters, Hope Jensen and Fred Shea, mirror one another in their determined work ethic to be their best! Fred Shea wants to be the courteous, kind, thoughtful postal worker, and Hope Jensen wants to be writing the best headlines! I took the two books’ themes of kindness and came up with Fred Jars. Any jar will work, though. I love Snapple so I use these bottles; plus they all have a catchy trivia fact on the inside lid. Throughout the month I add change and small bills to the jar. When it's full, around $50-$100, I give it to someone that month who is exhibiting the Fred philosophy. You can give it anonymously or not. 

The following note is inside the decorated jar:

Fred is a mailman in Denver, Colorado who went so far above and beyond what was expected of him, he had a best-selling book written about him! (The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn) A "Fred" is someone who does the little things that make a big difference-like being kind to others, being extraordinary, giving 100% effort in everything they do, or going the extra mile!


Sanborn, Mark. The Fred Factor. London: Random House Business, 2004. Print.
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Stage C READ 180 Educator
Houston

Philosophy of Teaching All of my life, I have enjoyed working with children and have always desired to teach. It is my belief that no matter what socio-economic background, everyone deserves to achieve his/her educational goals. It is my ambition to facilitate this process.Growing up in the Houston area, I have always been aware of the Cypress-Fairbanks School District. The district's reputation of excellence is well known, not only in the Houston metroplex, but throughout the state of Texas. As a professional educator, it is important to be associated with a school district whose goals for its students are aligned with my philosophy of teaching.

3 Comments
  • AskDee

    Andrea's resources are in the Community Resources. You can find them by searching on FRED or by going directly to this address: http://educatorcommunity.hmhco.com/resource/fred-resources.DeeAsk Dee at the READ 180 Community

    AskDee

    Andrea's resources are in the Community Resources. You can find them by searching on FRED or by going directly to this address: http://educatorcommunity.hmhco.com/resource/fred-resources.DeeAsk Dee at the READ 180 Community

    AskDee

    Andrea's resources are in the Community Resources. You can find them by searching on FRED or by going directly to this address: http://educatorcommunity.hmhco.com/resource/fred-resources.DeeAsk Dee at the READ 180 Community