Monday, January 6, 2014

Resolutions

Hello fellow teachers!

Hopefully you all had a great break and those of you stuck inside during this cold weather are enjoying it.

I've been doing some thinking about resolutions.  Of course I have some for my class: delve deeper into the material, work on  longer projects now that we're used to small ones, and staying positive with my team members.  And of course I can't forget the goals on the PDP. But as I was cleaning out my desk and looking at an old leadership training, it occurred to me that as teachers, it's ok for us to have bigger goals in mind.  How big? Well, that's up to you, of course, but here's a question:
Imagine at some distant point in the future, you're on a talk show. Radio, TV, it doesn't matter; pick your favorite host. Got it? Good. Now: you're center stage. The host raises the mike and starts the conversation. What are you talking about? What is everyone tuning in to hear? Is it a blog that went viral? Is it a political change that you made? Is it a new curriculum you headed up or a collaboration you started?

Maybe those goals seem too big, but I assure you, they're not.  Because every big change starts with a little one. Think about what you don't like and I mean really think about it.  Is it something about where you work? Be proactive and record that you suggested change; at the very least, it will be something to show to your next employer. Is it at the state level? You can write letters and petitions. This blog has had 756 pageviews at the time of writing.  I know that's not much, but it's certainly more than I was expecting.  And who knows? Maybe one of my posts will go viral.

It's easy to forget that we can make a difference as we struggle to find that new way to keep children engaged, use that new assessment tool,work with this new online system.

 But our leaders were teachers, too. Which means you can be a leader.

So, with all that in mind: how can you change the world? Until I do, I'll keep changing my little corner one post at a time.

--Amy Latta

Teachers as Leaders

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