An oldie, but a goodie: that dreaded silver medal, strangle a guy, the involuntary luge.
The challenge this week was to write a post that includes an image. Nothing special but I liked the quote. 🙂 Derrick
Sticky Learning: Digital Brain Dumps with Flipgrid and Socrative– I just tried Flipgrid-I am interested to see how it works for my students-they create a video of what they know of learn. (Works great a s a digital version for Kagan processing.
How Nature Inspires Better Design and (What This Means for Students)– Great look at biomimicry and how we could use it in the classroom.
How Furniture and Flexible Seating is Turning Classroom Design into a Fad– If we don’t change our thinking about teaching, changing our furniture won’t matter.
I Stopped Holding my Students Accountable and Here is What Happened– Michael Linsin tried an experiment in his class.
Whoa, three weeks in a row! That is good for me. Hopefully I can keep it up.
Today’s post has to do with leadership. One of the things this reminds me of is the activity a teacher started by having his students write “I wish my teacher knew…” Some extended this to “I wish my parents knew…” and “I wish my principal knew…”
If I had any foresight, I might have interviewed some folks about what the principal should know. But, I didn’t. Sorry. So, I decided to steal from this post about this idea. These responses were from a WeAreTeachers survey and not necessarily reflective of my current or past administrators. I may be tenured, but I’m not stupid.
Treat us like professionals. This is a big one for our field, it seems. I am fortunate to be working for an administrator who does this. He understands that we have worked hard to get where we are, and that our time is valuable. It is very helpful when he is able to trust us to do our jobs, as professionals.
Be Positive. As the educational leader of our school, the positive attitude of the administration is good. Getting “called to the principal’s office” is still a source of anxiety for many of us. Because teaching is so difficult and emotionally draining at times, getting a realistic (and genuine) positive comment can be what helps us keep moving forward.
Lighten Our Workload– Not that our Admin doesn’t have enough on their plate, but helping us to lighten our load can boost moral and respect. There are many things that are a part of the natural ebb and flow of teaching, but lightening our workload (or not adding unnecessary things) can help the overwhelming-ness of teaching not seem so overwhelming.
We Want You to Provide Consequences/Discipline. One teacher mentioned wanting someone else to ‘be the bad guy’ sometimes can help. While we work our own classroom discipline plans, knowing we have the support of Admin on this issue can really help relieve some of the burden. Sometimes, another call home from the teacher is not going to help. Sometimes, we need that contact to be from someone else. That, we the teacher, are not simply picking on ‘their kid”.
We Appreciate You. Sometimes, as teachers, it can be tempting to see the admin in an adversarial role. Sometimes this is our own issues; sometimes it is because of the leadership style of the admin. No matter what your leader “looks like”, let them know you appreciate them.
They are often the one parents call. They also have a boss and have expectations given to them that they have no control over, just like us. They mess up. They forget stuff. We should be able to empathize with that and sometimes we should: treat them like a professional, trusting that they have our students’ interests in mind, be positive. They get a bunch of stuff too. They lead our school, the best they know how. They are often still learning, too. Give them some grace, too.
We are leaders, whether it is over a school or our classrooms. We are in this together.
Less Work, Deeper Learning How can we get kids working more?
So, hey, this is the second topic from the EDUblog prompt. 2 weeks in a row! Haha. Sadly, the topic is about the classroom environment.
I say sadly because I have a
very passably functional room. I have a few posters in my room that are mostly to fill up the white space. Many of them have content, but also one of the reasons I don’t spend a lot of time decorating…they have become what I call visual white noise…No one really looks at them other than to notice the occasional new poster.
Kids are kids and unless I use the posters often, they just fade into the scenery.
We are also school that focuses, and has been trained with the Kagan Cooperative groups, so my desks are in groups of four, with a few outliers (islands, I have heard them called). This is good and bad. There are times where I would like to move things around…but I don’t feel like taking 30-45 minutes for set up and take down of something new. LOL
As far as organization…well I have work to do. My style is “buy/find (copy paper) a box to put stuff in to hide it from looking cluttery but then losing what it was forever”.
Though I am proud of my library organization. One summer I reordered all my books by “genre”. (I use the term loosely because some were “I looked at the cover and saw animals…therefore “animal genre”). Then I numbered the plastic tubs with a number and labeled all books with corresponding number. This is helpful when I want students to put books back in a semi-organized way. They are kids, after all. 🙂
That is all for now.
First off, Happy 16th Anniversary to my wonderful wife, Tracy. Thanks for saying yes. And putting up with me.
Also, Happy Groundhog’s Day. 🙂
Here’s your links:
6 Easy Tips for the Disorganized Student Maybe they’ll work for you.
How to Build a True Culture of Innovation at Your School AJ Juliani shares his thoughts.
Why Content and Knowledge are Important for Innovation– George Couros explains why kids need to create, yes. But without knowledge to back it up, there will be limitations.
24 Great Education Tools for Teacher Toolboxes– Check out the list of tools by Global Digital Citizen