Peer pressure can be a good thing. Teachthought‘s Reflective Teaching: A 30-Day Blogging Challenge for Teachers is right up my alley. I love to blog. It always feels so good to hit ‘publish.’ It’s like letting loose of all the ideas that clog my brain. It’s a release of frustration, inspiration, goals and road blocks. It’s totally cathartic. On a very small scale. It helps me pick back up for the heavy lifting of tomorrow.
I am ready to embrace this blogging challenge. Reflective Leading, if you will. Today is Day 1. What are my goals for the year?
In a nutshell, it’s intervention. This has been clogging my thinking for my tenure as principal and now in year 4, I’m ready for action. One of my faults it overthinking such that I don’t act. I reread Seth Godin‘s Poke the Box, and it’s all about starting.
“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way, and not starting.” Siddhrtha Gautama”
So here we go.
At today’s Learning Team, I laid out a grid, soon-to-be-schedule of the 4 adults on campus who can support intervention in and out of the classrooms. Speech, counseling, psych, RSP, reading specialist and me, What are we going to do, team? It was a great conversation. Good ideas, questions, next steps and processing of the shift this represents, especially for RSP where an IEP is your ticket in the door. Not so anymore.
It was a good first step. And more heavy lifting lies ahead. But the starting feels good.
“Today, not starting is far, far worse than being wrong. If you start, you’ve got a shot at evolving and adjusting to turn your wrong into a right. But if you don’t start, you never get a chance.”
― Seth Godin, Poke the Box
And ultimately, it’s not about how uncomfortable I am, or how hard the work is or timelines, assessment challenges, scheduling disagreements…. it’s about our students and getting them what they need to be successful learners. It’s an exciting goal.