One of my professional goals for this year was to inspire leadership in the teachers and students around me. I didn’t know how I was going to achieve this, I just knew it was something that was a big part of my beliefs as a leader. I also felt that our students would benefit from this. We have identified our students as passive learners because they haven’t been a part of the learning process the learning has been done to them. In my research I have discovered that children who plan their own goals, set weekly schedules and evaluate their own work build up their frontal cortex and take more control over their lives.
I very quickly learnt to build this capacity with my teachers I needed to accept that I was no longer the person solving and doing everything. This was important to me because I knew that was exactly what we were doing to our learners which increased their passiveness towards their learning. I wanted my team to start leading themselves. When I first wrote my professional goal I pondered how I would evaluate this and my mentor and I came up with ‘When we see both teachers and student leading others’. Students are now running workshops and our teachers are researching and presenting to the staff. As a team we have been researching how boys learn and developing our understanding of the Innovative learning Environment we are creating collaboratively for our students. This is what we learnt, shared and used in our practice.
These are some little gems that I have discovered on my journey of inspiring leadership in those around me:
- Allow my colleagues to solve their own problems with me walking beside them.
- By listening with intention I am valuing what others have to say.
- Notice the treasures in front of me and and allow them to shine on their own.
- Let others know what a great job they are doing
- Giving time to others is a valued gift.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller