Thursday, July 21, 2016

5 Word GPS

     A few years ago, when I read Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess, my life as an educator was changed. It was almost as if I had the permission to do what I had always done or wanted to do! Along with all of the ideas for lesson hooks, the 5-word GPS stuck with me. It made me very intentional about what I wanted students to take away from the classroom. Now, as I enter my first year in an administrative role, I thought it was important to create a 5-word GPS for this year. 

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     I have taken three courses this summer in my Educational Leadership master’s program. In many of the resources for those courses, there have been some common themes. I reflected on which themes were most important to me and those that would help me be the kind of leader I imagine being. 

My Five Words
     Teachers need to feel empowered and respected. I wanted to gear my five words around traits that would help all staff feel respected. I want to be involved as much as possible. I want to visit as many classrooms as I can.(I realize there will be plenty of times when my other responsibilities will keep me from visiting as many classrooms as I would like.) Students and staff need to know that I am proactive and visible within the school. I want staff to know that what they see is what they get. Tough decisions and critical conversations will take place with confidence. Teachers will get all of the support from me as I can possible give. 

     As the year progresses, I will reflect on my five words. Am I getting to my destination? I know there will be days where it seems like I am taking wrong turns, but persistence will be crucial and my GPS will get me back on course. A fun and exciting year awaits!

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