It was a whirlwind three days. I loved every minute. It just doesn’t matter what your role is–attending on your own, attending with a team, faculty, visitor, newbie, guru–learning is all about attitude and investment.
Any time I share with a group, my own WHY gets clearer and clearer. I’m reminded of best practices that sometimes fall by the wayside. Do I walk my own talk? Mostly, yes. But there’s always room for improvement.
I love that pregnant pause when a group is digesting a new idea or strategy. We sit in silence. Thinking. Considering. And then someone breaks the quiet with a personal exclamation of discovery. It’s awesome. And somewhere in those few seconds of silence I’m panicking: Did I share the most obvious thing ever? Did I confuse everyone? I must have missed the big idea. Why doesn’t anyone say anything? But I know, from my own experience, when a big idea hits me, I ruminate on it for those few extra moments. I’ve found myself shushing the silence as a big idea takes shape.
One Google Doc for Everything. It’s one of those big ideas/workflows that blew many minds at #cuerockstar. For me, when I figured it out, it was a forehead slap moment. Why am I JUST NOW doing this? We can let ourselves off the hook: shifting from a Microsoft Word brain to a GAFE brain is a lengthy, bumpy transition. The concept is simple (hence ‘forehead slap moment’). Any standing meeting (agenda and minutes) can exist on one google doc for the entire year. There is no need for a new document at each meeting. None. Same goes for your Weekly Bulletin, Friday Notes or Week-at-a-Glance. And with a quick ctrl-F or command-F, you can search the whole darn thing for the nugget of info you’re after. Now not only is it all in one place but it’s actually useable information. Whoa.
But even more important, a little shift like this can mean huge savings of time and energy to buy time back for kids! The whole point is mobile leadership that puts you out and about with students. It’s not about Google; it’s about kids! But when we’re stuck in our office, tied to a desktop computer, it isn’t about students at all. That’s the big idea. We’re here for students!
This is where learning is about attitude and investment. If you were sitting in the room with us and heard me start in on Google Docs, you might tune out. How hard is Google Docs? I’m pretty good at that already. But it’s attitude that opens my mind to new nuggets of learning, new ideas, new ways of thinking. I’m invested in this experience so I won’t miss the takeaways, big ideas and methods that will make me a better leader. And the big idea here was NOT a Google doc tip.
Day 3 gave me an ah-ha moment from @ERaven06 and her fellow VP. We were discussing feedback: who we survey, what we ask, what we do with the information, etc. The group had mostly settled on a student survey–a group we are most likely to leave out of annual surveying. With questions being thrown around, form how-to’s demonstrated and anonymity discussed, Esabel (@ERaven06) shared that she and her VP counterpart at another site were going to give their student survey and then review their data together.
Together? Review the data across sites?
Yes! I love that! We have an amazing elementary admin team! This will be perfect for us! Site review and analysis was a given but this extra layer of leadership reflection just made my day! Yet again, an attitude for learning and investment in my own growth as a leader for students and staff. BAM!
And now we’ll connect to see how it all goes. Thanks Esabel! #accountabilitypartners Positive attitudes and investment in our leadership for the benefit of students!