How can we continue to develop a culture of transparency and change while still respecting those who aren't where we need them to be yet?
If active learning works for younger learners, why wouldn't it work for adult learners?
Guest blogger Amit Mehrotra discussed what it means to empower the modern learner and why we need to stop calling what we do teaching for 21st-century skills.
Each educator has something valuable to teach me whether it is about the culture of the school or the content he or she teaches that I try to spend a portion of each day just listening. It's in this way that I can best serve my community so that when it comes time to have to make a decision collaboratively or otherwise, I know I'm doing it with the most integrity I can.
As we continue to talk about data and the necessity of it while we are making choices about programs and students, we need to remember that each child's story is what makes the data valuable.
Being a parent and a teacher can be an interesting struggle. Sometimes it helps, like when Johnny or Susie comes home with homework that is in your content area and you can feel like a champ. Other times it isn't as simple. What happens if something is going on in your child's school that goes against your philosophical beliefs about how education should happen? When is it time to intervene?
When I tell a teacher I'm going to be present for something, I do my very best to be there. Showing up is the most important part of my job. It's the only way I can build credibility and trust with my team. If I don't do as I say, then they shouldn't trust me and I truly will have gone to the dark side.
Becoming a leader wasn't about going to the dark side, but rather shedding light on what was once considered dark. I see myself as one of the teachers, among them, regardless of what my title suggests. In fact, in spite of it, I long to help inspire the many children in our district who deserve the best education possible from the most amazing teachers who might just need a little more time to consider how to do that.
No change happens overnight, no matter how much we want it to. Real growth happens with collaborative leadership that embraces the strengths of every member of the team. This is what is best for our school community and that is why I'm committed to seeing it through.
Learning chances are too precious to waste. I will keep modeling how to make the most of each one, allowing the vulnerability to be visible regardless of how uncomfortable it may feel.