On the day after the kids’ and teachers’ last day, our Superintendent asked…”What is your personal growth plan? Where are you now? What can we do to get you there?” At first, I thought…REALLY kids and teachers just left the building YESTERDAY!! My frame of mind is still finishing the school year, and he is asking me where I want to go next! I couldn’t wrap my brain around it, but what do I do…write it down in my everything notebook! Days went by with those questions staring at me in the face! I let several days go by before I said enough is enough! And then I found the day…The day I read Lead Like a Pirate! I came to the chapter that SCREAMED at me!!!
If you were to ask any part of my tribe, they will say that I LOVE to talk!! I can talk about anything with anyone at anytime. Although this is very true of me, I reflected upon asking myself if student learning was at the forefront of my conversations, actions, and activities. After reading about ANCHOR conversations written by Beth Houf and Shelley Burgess, I had a lightbulb moment! I needed to focus on conversations centered around appreciation, impact on student learning, collaboration, teacher voice, support, and reflection.
WARNING: I needed CONVERSATIONS about what’s BEST for KIDS!
CAUTION: This will not be easy. You will need accountability partners. You will need to reflect. You will need to EMBRACE the goal. So…You will need to set GOALS.
- are valued
- push me
- are visible to all
- make me reflect on ME
- teach me to be a better ME
- show my vulnerability
- tell my tribe I want to be better for them
- focus on KIDS
- keep me learning
- are a challenge
- are achievable
If you are reading this, then you have just become my ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER! Keep me focused on what I need to embrace to get better at having these fierce conversations with my tribe and ALWAYS put KIDS first!!
Posted outside my office and soon down the hallways!