Update for Oct 5-9
When I started writing this update, I was stuck. I didn’t know what to write or what the focus would be this week. I thought about the topics I had written about already – culture, learning, shared vision – but was still stuck.
So I just went with it.
We go through each day at school as prepared as possible and ready to make decisions on the fly. A website called busyteacher.org claims teachers make 1,500 decisions each day. I think that’s a low estimate — 27 to 30 students, a litany standards, and schedules all demand fast decision-making. Thankfully, it’s a skill that is strong with most teachers.
But there are times when we are just stuck.
We don’t know what to do yet and we have that uncomfortable feeling of ineptitude.
That feeling of not being able to do something is just part of being stuck – It comes with the process of learning.
The good thing about being stuck is that we get the opportunity to grow and get stronger through the process of getting unstuck.
Figuring out how to proceed often leads to collaboration, reflection, investigation and seeking clarity. Those are pretty remarkable outcomes from not knowing what to do next.
So the next time I am stuck, I am going to remember that it’s part of learning. We don’t have all the answers (I doubt we ever will). But accepting that getting “stuck” is part of learning will help us be more comfortable when we don’t know what to do next.
Have a great week!
Articles that pushed my thinking —
Leadership is a Choice http://esheninger.blogspot.com/2015/09/leadership-is-choice.html?spref=tw
Three Things We Need To Remember When We All Hit “The Dark Side” http://www.inc.com/betty-liu/three-things-to-remember-when-we-all-hit-the-dark-side-.html
Learner-Centered Vision Will Frame Next Generation Learning http://gettingsmart.com/2015/09/learner-centered-vision-will-frame-next-generation-learning/
Innovation… Just like your mama used to make: http://eepurl.com/bAfcR1
Video that made me chuckle —
Nov 2 — PTO Meeting, 7pm
Nov 3 — Hilliard U Day, No School for Students
Nov 5 — Steering Committee Meeting in PM at CO
Nov 6 — Board Building Tour, AM before school