“If you permit it, you promote it.” – Todd Whitaker, What Great Principals Do Differently
This quote was referenced by Todd Whitaker in the context of building culture and establishing expectations. He explains that the culture of any organization is shaped by the worst behavior the leader is willing to tolerate.
As we recognize and commit to the need to journey into uncharted pedagogical territory in education, this quote actually may be the key to moving forward. That is, if we flip the focus of the quote from negative outcomes to positive outcomes.
What if we permitted more in our classrooms in order to promote more of the kind of learning experiences our kids need?
What would happen if we permitted more projects, more collaboration, more reflection, and more student control?
If we permitted more of the kind of learning that will allow more inquiry, authentic application of skills, and opportunities for kids to reflect on their learning journey more often, we will promote a dramatic shift the learning culture in our classrooms.
As we move into Act III of the school year, think about what you might intentionally permit in order to authentically promote.
Have a GREAT week!
Worth Checking Out —
Love this video by Apple — As we move to providing students with a One2One iPad experience next year I challenge you to think less about the tool and more about what’s possible with it:
What Makes a Master Teacher http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/267
Upcoming Dates —
27 – Spring Flower Sale Kickoff
1 – School Community Meeting – Step Up/Build Skill, 10:45; Spec Ed Team meeting, noon
2 – Admin mtg (AM)
4 – ADE Family Fun Day, 10am-3pm
7 – BIT Meeting, 8am; 3rd Safety Drill, 10:45 am
8 – ADE Staff Meeting, 8am — Check in on Students’ writing performance since last month (Counts as monthly Data Team check-in for literacy)
10 – Principals’ One2One meeting, 10am
13 – Spring Flower Sale Orders due
15 – Olive Tree Spirit DAY; Spec Ed Team Meeting, noon; RTI Team meeting, 3:40
16 – 5th Grade Musical Performances: 10:50, 1:20, & 7pm
20-24 – Spring Break