Friday, January 17, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 17

Great know it isn't their responsibility to others, but rather, to them lead themselves.

During our Curriculum Council meeting this morning we spent time discussing and engaging in providing different levels of feedback.  Feedback is one of those words in education that means many different things to many different people, and all feedback is not created equal.

Therefore, as we watched examples of post-observation sessions, I started to think about the best type of feedback, the type that doesn't tell educators what to do, but instead, encourages them to lead themselves to where they need (and want) to be.

Excellent leaders understand that being a leader, in part, means not leading at all, and instead, helping others find direction, and getting them to the place where they feel comfortable leading themselves.  That's why in the most well-designed educational organizations, everyone acts as both a learner and a leader; simultaneously plotting the course for growth and piloting the ship to get there.

Of course, organizations that practice this type of "learnership" are few and far between.  But just because we have a large expanse to cross to get to where we need to go, doesn't mean we don't take that trip.  Imagine how we could change education if we could get there?

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