What are some areas of teaching and learning that you can lead in your school?
I have found this to be one of the greatest areas that builds credibility with your staff. Wow, what a powerful act that will not only connect with the students in your school, but demonstrate best practices in a time when our changing education needs exemplars and models.
Note: Personal Opinion coming up - Administrators sharing their knowledge in a classroom or small group setting should be a part of their regular job description. Make time for small 1-2-3 week projects with a class or group of students. Even better if you work side-by-side with a teacher.
This practice of working with teachers and sharing my love of 21st C learning is one of my favourite parts of the school day. Not only does my excitement for demo'ing new apps or online tools rub off on students, but, more importantly, the teacher sees how easy and engaging it is for their class. After such a session, I feel my work is done because the teacher is able to take over and carry on. It's on to my next class.
Too many times I see and hear that admin tell or show staff new applications or 21st C tools during a pro-d session, expecting staff to take it back to their class/students and implement. We all know how effective this is in actually seeing any real action with students. The excitement is there in its initial phase, but as the weeks progress status quo tends to creep back in. The time and effort spent on the pro-d was all for not.
"I think change needs to be egoless. It's not about my leaving my fingerprints or a legacy. It's more important to be part of a process by rolling up your sleeves, being on the ground, initiating projects, starting campaigns - you know, building stuff."
~Queen Rania of Jordan
I am the Principal at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Vancouver, BC. I am passionate about inspiring others to be creative, curious and collaborative in their learning