As 2017 begins there are many sources for information about #OLW and this video may add to your own knowledge base. The authors of Two Writing Teachers are revealing their words daily and many additional words have been revealed this week.
Last year I celebrated “Joyful” and added “Joy” to the background of my blog so I would see it every time I made a post or responded to a comment. I loved the constant reminder and the way that I seemed to spend more time deliberately reflecting on the joy that I found in reading, in writing, in my work and in my family. 2016 was truly a JOYFUL year.
Sometimes #OLW is elusive and sometimes it finds an author. My words have been
- 2014 Transfer
- 2015 Focus
- 2016 Joyful
How do I impact the teachers and coaches that I work with?
This was just one question I asked when I began thinking about my #OLW. Teacher Leadership is always a focus. All teachers can grow as both teachers and leaders because leaders truly come from the teaching ranks.
As I have been working with teachers and coaches this year, I have revisited these domains as organized by Michael Fullan. Most of the coaches have a great deal of knowledge and learning experiences that have provided growth and strength for improving student learning. Less time and energy has been spent on the fifth and sixth domains: management of the change process and the sense of moral purpose.
Are all 6 domains evenly balanced? Should they be?
I’ve been wondering about balance again for awhile. Should there be a sense of teacher agency and urgency for more actions in domains 4, 5, and 6? Are more “successful” teachers/coaches aware of these domains? What would their own rating be?
Where are your strengths?
Many words surfaced. My blog posts are testaments to many actions/learning especially in domains one and three. Domain two is evident in conferences and PD attendance as well as on-line and face to face work with teachers and coaches.
Change is often necessary as different results require a change in instruction and perhaps a different focus for assessment. Moral purpose may be offset by a sense of urgency. For sure, students must be at the center of all decision-making so that requires student-centered thinking/planning/organizing. An action research cycle with student learning as the focus could very well be an avenue to increase the use of those top two domains.
What will that change take?
and the ability to be
In order to be ready for growth and learning, my word found me
This may mean going against the mainstream beliefs.
This may mean constantly checking my mindset.
This may mean that there will be some bumps in the road.
This may mean longer periods of silence in a “no excuses” role.
This may mean abandoning “but we’ve always done it this way”.
This will mean that students will always be the number 1 consideration.
Because the end result for students . . .
is a rainbow of possibilities!
What’s your #OneLittleWord? How did it find you?
Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.
(And so exciting to know that Melanie and I share the same word – BRAVE! for 2017!)
Ted Talk – Kimberly Davis (@onstageKimberly) – BRAVE