Great presentation! I applaud all of your commitments to improving your school culture! I too find that it's difficult to implement all of plans 100% of the time, but our intentions, so long as we don't lose sight of them, will definitely contribute to the bettering of our schools.
As a side note, initially I was shocked to read that you allow your students to fail not once but multiple times! What got my heart beating regularly was that you allow them to fail without attaching the failure label on them :) We want students to take big chances and big chances can lead to failure. At my school we use the acronym FAIL as meaning first attempt in learning. I'm glad to see that you've removed the negative connotations from failure at your school as well!
It was nice to read your commitment to choice words and possibly implementing a PD on it. I can totally relate to the bad habit of not listening to people (adults) when they talk to you. I have the same issue, especially during staff meetings. When I'm talking to people 1 on 1, I'm normally ok but in group settings I tend to tune it out. It's something I need to improve on as well.
I also like the fact that you're committing to the giving of more learning opportunities for teachers and the use of technology in the classroom. At our school, we're currently bombarded with a full plate of technology but we don't have the deep understanding of how to utilize each piece. Little by little, we've incorporated some trainings for each piece so this helps a great deal. Great job!
Awesome work! Here are some tenets I need to recommit to at my own site:
- Saying hello to parents....so important! Parents are our partners, for sure, and they are key to students' success.
- Positive language...I am so good at this with my own students, yet...I also find myself easily slipping into some negative verbiage/venting with my own colleagues. Wow! Need to stay positive!!!
- Listening is so important. In order to stay positive and choose my words wisely, I need to pause.
- Early feedback: this is so important, too. I can't tell you how ineffective it is for students to get feedback for the first time on their post-unit assessment.
Thanks for all these reminders and for the hard work you are doing at your school site.
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