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Over the last few months, I’ve slowly come to the realization that we can accelerate professional learning in our schools. Those PLN connections pay off as educators give into the impulse to share something with each other via Twitter. First, though, allow me to share one of my favorite concepts and how it impacts my role as a school district administrator, and, I pray, a leader.
I’m on a quest to be more effective, to find out what I can do to get out of people’s way, to maximize their efforts that result in real organizational change, and become more other-focused by clearly understanding my motivations, thoughts, and biases. This is a habit, make no mistake. Here’s the relevant quote:
Some people are more effective than others. . .skilled people find a way to get all the information out in the open because the free flow of information is critical. Furthermore, people need to be able to open and honestly express opinions, share feelings, and articulate their theoriesThink: The greater the group’s shared pool of meaning the greater the groups IQ the better likelihood of good results. So our “trick” is to create conditions for dialogue that will help us master the tools for talking when the stakes are high.
- “It’s not my place to point that out! That’s the boss’ job.”
- “If I say something, then [Team Member’s Name Goes Here] will chew me out or badger me about it!”
- “I’ll get in trouble for saying something about it since the boss or someone likes to keep things harmonious.” (or, instead of harmony, “looking pretty even if fake”).
- “No good deed goes unpunished! I’ll get stuck with the job, whatever it is because I bothered to speak up!”
- They don’t make a connection between what they know and what the group needs to know, so they keep their mouths closed, like a poor man who holds onto the vase that hides a precious gem that would alleviate his financial troubles.
Others’ perspectives + Internal Reflection on our issue = Positive dialogue
- Learning has to be public.
- Create, sustain and grow a culture of learning (we stole this one from Karl Fisch, Arapahoe Public Schools…thanks!)
- Knowing and Doing Gap
- Technology is a must!
- Connectivism vs static
- Find what works for you.