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October 19, 2018

Year Two Is More Challenging Than I Expected as a New Leader

The day to day minutia can really feel like drowning. This happened in the classroom too. Whether I questioned my practice or my assessment divergence from the system, I struggled and I think now that the challenges are becoming great as a leader, my inclination is to look back on my days in the classroom with great joy. It hasn't been until now that I could comfortably say that I was good at what I did, so maybe that is true of this too.

October 16, 2018

Data Doesn't Have to Be a Dirty Word

Every teacher wants his/her students to be successful and chances are, each teacher is doing so much already with the information he or she has to make that happen. As team leaders, we want to help our teachers leverage the information they have to create the most targeted and effective instruction possible, not just to do better on tests, but to be better learners throughout their lives.

October 11, 2018

Sometimes the Answer is to Walk and Wait

Something that I'm coming to realize is that every day won't be a super productive day to enjoy. Some days just getting through and getting something done is enough. Then not judging myself too harshly for the challenge. This can be an obstacle as it rubs against my perfectionism issues and that starts another whole line of questioning.

October 09, 2018

Without Follow-Up, There Will Be No Follow-Through

A new initiative is coming. This is nothing new. As a matter of fact, starting new initiatives is completely commonplace. As soon as an area of need is identified, we find a solution and start at it. It starts with an informational email and perhaps even a professional learning session or two. When ...

October 02, 2018

Co-Planning and Co-Teaching to Focus on My One Thing

My one thing is to make sure that I get into at least one class a week, to model and participate in the learning that I hope and expect throughout our department. Students must be engaged. Teachers must be providing constant feedback and gathering data about what students are learning and adjusting along the way.

September 27, 2018

Improve Your Practice With Daily Reflection

After I do my reflection, I always make sure to make an action plan. It's not enough to think about how things went or question, I have to try to change what I am doing. This takes a deliberate effort and finding the right strategies to grow. Reflection is a huge part of my educational diet and it has made me a better person, mother and educator.

September 25, 2018

The Impact of Implicit Bias and How We Must Work Together to Overcome It

Implicit bias will always exist but when we shed light on it and take actions to lessen the impact of it, then we can be more honest about the learning and growing we do together. No one is perfect and therefore we have to mind our own and each other's gaps.

September 20, 2018

Find and Expose Your Blind Spot as a Leader

Honestly, while I was reading and then subsequently doing the activity to figure out what I wanted to commit to, I struggle mightily with selecting one thing that I really wanted to work on. In many ways, my ego got in the way of my ability to really drill down, but as I started to think about what stung the most from last year's experiences, it was my own inability to get past insecurities and trust myself the way that I do in the classroom. Ultimately, this lack of confidence made difficult conversations one of the weak points in my leadership arsenal and it is so important.

September 13, 2018

From #Attentive to #Commitment, This Year's #OneWord

Each year we must consider what we have worked on and make a decision on a new focus that builds on what came before. This year, my #oneword is commitment; what's yours?

September 11, 2018

Go Beyond Empathy by Being Compassionate

As we build more authentic learning environments, we must all seek to be compassionate toward those we work with. A warm smile and a positive attitude go a long way and it is our duty during the school day to ensure that all people feel safe and have what they need to be successful.

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