For me, my true north is to become a consultant in educational technology as a career goal. In the short run my goal is to integrate technology into the everyday teachings of the school I work in. I know this is not an easy task because there are many obstacles that I need to overcome to achieve this goal but ultimately I feel most of those obstacles are thing I can surpass by working on my leadership skills. As it was mentioned in the video one of the things that I do as a leader is to make sure I keep my word unfortunately one of the difficult task that I have as a technology leader is that most of my work is unpredictable. I'm not trying to make excuses but what I am trying to do is figure out ways to have what I say become the results I want. For example, today I had schedule a time to meet with a group of teachers to go over their technology goals and needs for their grade level. Unfortunately because a teacher computer went down, I had to cancel that meeting and attend to that issue first. I know my credibility as a leader took a hit today but because I knew taking care of the computer so the teacher could teach their lesson was more important I had to make that decision.
So my question or reflection is, how do I let my teachers know that as much as I want to keep my meetings with them and make all of them a priority, that unfortunately I can't because of the nature of technology.
As far as teaching this habit to someone else I feel this is a very easy habit to teach the person I have chosen to teach this to. The reason is that at our school we practice this habit all the time by doing backwards planning. We do this on a yearly basis, unit by unit, week by week and day by day. We set up objectives and exit tickets to measure our students results and we do this because we know where we want our students to be academically and we work backwards to decide on the steps to get there. For this particular individual I will follow up on a conversation we had previously about a student who refuses to do work in their classroom and figure out what we want to accomplish with the student ( for him to do work) and what are some ways we can get the student there.
As for me, I need to work on developing my leaderships skills in order to develop my sphere of influence and thus create networking opportunities to establish my own consulting business.