Note to Student #4: $TEM

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)


As of August 2016, half of all high-paying jobs in America require at least some computer coding knowledge or skill.

“High paying” is defined by an annual income of $60,000 or more. If terms like SQL, Python, and Javascript aren’t familiar to you, then half of all U.S. companies will not be interested in hiring you.

Just something you should think about the next time you’re chilling on social media, watching TV, or playing video games.

Why not teach yourself to code. Khan Academy has a free course and it’s the real deal. 

Your future matters. Learn.


Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.


Note to Student #3: Ignore Rumors


Rumors are carried by haters, spread by the foolish and accepted by weak minded pushovers.

Be strong. Please don’t give anyone permission to manipulate you. Don’t become anyone’s weak minded pushover. Ignore rumors.


Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Note to Student #2: You are the Company You Keep


If your friends drink, eventually you will begin to drink. If you are friends with smokers, you will become a smoker. If you hang out with robbers, thieves, pill heads and otherwise trifling people, you too will become trifling.

Just the same, if you hang out with friends who are focused on school, you too, will focus more on school. If your friends spend their evenings studying, you will find yourself studying more. If your friends strive for excellence, you will begin to expect excellence from yourself, too.

Please be intentional about who you choose to be friends with, for you are the company you keep.


Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Note to Student #1: We are Counting on You!


Set academic goals, and set those goals high. Take full responsibility for your actions and your results. “Google” has made prolonged ignorance inexcusable. If you can’t gain an understanding from your classroom teacher, go online and find the teacher, video, article, or blog post you need.

Make sure you practice self discipline. Become obsessed with self improvement. Read and read a lot! Manage your time well and keep going, even when (not if) there is adversity and strife in your personal life.

I believe in you. You have a purpose. You are here for a reason. You are reading this for a reason. It’s time and the time is now! Get busy, because our school, our city, our state, our country, our world is counting on you! We need you to be at your very best.


Mr. Guest


Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.


Reading and learning from books is good.

Listening and learning from podcasts is good.

Watching and learning from documentaries, youtube, social media, etc., is good.

Not applying what you learn – is BAD!

It’s good to learn from those before us. It’s good to learn from those around us. However, we should never be satisfied with merely “learning.” Don’t just learn the success stories of others. Instead, apply and execute on what you learn and then create a success story of your own!


Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Successful Students vs Poor Performing Students.

90% of the human population have roughly the same IQ.

5% are above the norm.

5% are below the norm.

Almost ALL of us are born with the same intellectual capacity.

Question: Why do some students succeed and some students fail?

Answer: HABITS

Successful students aren’t born “good at school.” Successful students establish good “Academic Habits” early on, and then those habits carry them through college and beyond.

Top 5 Academic Habits (In order of Importance)

  1. Good Behavior – “Sit Down, Be Quiet and Listen!”
  2. Specific Homework Spot and Specific Homework Time.
  3. Complete All Math Homework – Every Problem, Every Assignment and then do more!
  4. Study – Know how to Study and Retain Information. Then, the student actually applies the Study Habits they know by studying and studying often.
  5. Perseverance – When problems or work is confusing, successful students have the habit of “pushing through.” Successful students understand that some work will be difficult. Moreover, successful students know that they are smart enough to figure it out if they just keep trying. Successful students don’t quit.

Poor performing students often want to succeed. Poor performing students often care about their grades. Unfortunately, poor performing students just haven’t built the same habits as their successful classmates.

Ultimately, we are all slaves to our habits. We become what we repeatedly do. We have to be insanely intentional about our everyday actions. We have to be insanely intentional about the habits we form.


Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.



“5-6 Pages” Every Subject, Every Night. (Part 1 of 2)

Part 1

Why is it wrong to expect our students to read?

Why is it wrong to expect our students to read the entire textbook? Not all at once of course, but 5 to 6 pages – every night?.. Would that be too much to ask of our children?

Why is it wrong to expect our students to study the 5 to 6 pages that they read – every night? Would it be wrong to assign homework questions over those 5 to 6 pages – every night?

Would it be wrong to give a daily quiz, covering the previous nights reading assignment? Would it be wrong to give this quiz, first thing every single class period?

After the quiz, would it be wrong to discuss the quiz questions/answers in class? What if the teacher then transitioned from this discussion to a lesson that re-explained or built upon the 5-6 pages that were assigned the night before? Every Friday, could the teacher give an exam that covered the 25-30 pages that were assigned during the week?

Would it be wrong for an entire school to make “5-6 Pages” the norm for every subject? Would this strategy challenge our students, consistently?

Would the expectation of reading and mastering 5-6 pages every night, for every subject, be too much too ask?


(Continued below in the following post.)