A great year is quickly coming to a close.
When we close our classroom doors on the 2012 – 2013 school year it will be a time to reflect, rejuvenate, and renew for the new school year.
I hope each of you were able to gather feedback from our students. Have the courage to listen and take to heart what they have to share. It isn’t always easy to swallow the lumps dished our way. However, in order to grow and change we must listen because the students perception is the students reality.
It has been a year of tremendous growth for me. Almost as if I went through an awkward growth spurt many teenagers go through during the middle school and high school years.
I took feedback, both positive and negative, and used it to help me in my personal and professional growth. I spent a lot of time reflecting and reading about leadership, communication, connecting, listening, and learning. I took the time to reach out to other teachers and admin I consider my mentors and trusted sounding board to seek advice and, of course, my family. I also relied heavily upon my PLN (personal learning network) to help guide my growth and push my thinking throughout the year as well.
It was very tough reading survey results and comments. However, reflecting was needed in order to grow and become a better person and leader. In hindsight I have determined this has been a turning point in both my professional and personal growth.
I’m not finished for sure. I am constantly reading, learning, and sharing with teachers, friends, and other administrators. I will continue to seek feedback from students, staff, and parents to find out what is working and what needs improvement. It is the best way to grow and to reflect. The need to take off the blinders and see things from others perspectives is powerful. I know I can do better and am continuously striving to do so.
In fact I am looking forward to this summer for reasons other than time off, vacation, and relaxation. I’m looking forward to more learning and growing professionally and as a person.
My learning plan is as follows: Attending OERI – @OERISWMO (Ozark Educational Research Initiative) May 28, SBU EdD Symposium May 29, Model Schools Conference in Washington, D.C. June 30 – July 3, reading books by @ToddWhitaker on leadership and professional development and @JonGordon11 on leadership and positivity, continuing to find ways to incorporate Google Apps for education in to our daily work and with Common Core State Standards, continuing to study Common Core #CCSS and Smarter Balanced Assessments, reading and studying more about building and sustaining student and adult relationships, learning more about 20% time and Project Based Learning (PBL), working on building a mobile APP for @CherokeeSPS, facilitating site learning for interested staff, and continued participation in Twitter chats with many of you reading this post.
I’m excited to have the time to focus on the above learning this summer while also taking time to reconnect with family and friends, relaxing in the gym and on the road running, and some good old me time!
I hope you are able to do the same!
Only 3 months until we do it all over again. . . the Noblest of Professions – Education!