Week 4 Leadership Role Model

29 Jun

The person I admire for her leadership was Sally Allred. In high school was my Typing 2 teacher and I also had her for shorthand, which honestly I sucked at.  She always encouraged me and used humor in her classroom. She wasn’t afraid to laugh at herself. She was always willing to stay and talk to students. My senior year I was her teacher’s aide.  She was the first teacher who let me be in the mentor role.  That year we got electric typewriters with little screens (I’m sure all the younger people don’t know what I’m talking about.) She didn’t know how to operate them and let me be the expert.  It was a lot of fun and I admired how she related to the students.  She understood us and worked to create a relationship with us.

The other role model I have is the pilot I crew for.  His name is Greg Roegiers.  I have crewed for him for approximately 14 years.  He goes out of his was to talk to his passengers and get to know them.  He may only spend about two hours with some of these people but they have the best experience because of the way he treats them. He makes a point to know all about our families and asks about them.  He laughs at himself and lets us know mistakes are ok. For example, the time one of the other crew people left the parking brake on and drove all over town. He goes out of his way to make people feel valued.

As a leader, I want people to feel valued and to know that making mistakes is ok.  I want them to have a good working relationship with me and to feel comfortable asking questions.  I want to let other people have the opportunity to be the expert because I know I don’t know everything.  I want to work as part of a cooperative team.  

Peer Comment-Wesley Hancock

29 Jun

Wk 4: Reading: Be the Spark

I know that there was a lot more reading than just where the author mentions “The Spark” from chapter 9, but I really felt like this section spoke to me the most this week. For one, it was kind of cool to learn where the “carry the spark” saying comes from. It’s really very interesting, and being a huge history lover and just having an enthusiasm for anything medieval in general, this was just super cool to me. The relationship that the author made to the every day, to the creative, was just as inspiring as the origins of the saying.

 

To carry the spark I think means to just BE that creative force. BE the fire to light the flames of change within not only yourself, but others. In my company, I am fortunate that there are MANY people who carry the spark with them each day, and help to ignite the passion in our co-workers. Working in a creative field, being able to spawn creativity in others and nurture that is extremely important. The author writes about the practice of enrollment. Keeping yourself open to people as an opportunity to spread the spark is essential to being an effective educator.

Sometimes I would shut down as an educator, believing that my students, in some instances, just don’t want to learn what I am showing them. This mentality is detrimental to my success as a teacher, and a mentor, to my students. Throughout this program I have learned that there are so many ways to deal with those learners, and that trying different approaches is often all that is needed. If you can’t reach a student, there’s got to be another way to help you spread the spark to them.

My response to Wesley

Wesley,

I enjoyed reading this blog.  I think you are right in your interpretation of being the spark. I agree with you about being the open to people so you can spread the spark is essential for being an effective educator. I believe you can reach all of your students. Sometimes it’s just hard to find the way but once you do, you can make a huge impact.

Peer Comment-Catherine Jackson

28 Jun

WK 4: Chapters 9-12- Changing Perspectives, Altering Realities

by catherinejackson01

As I have sat here staring at a blank screen for a couple of hours struggling on how to begin, where to connect to, determining what message should be expressedit has hit me-quite literally staring right back at me…the blank page.  I know you are probably wondering what meds I am on, but seriously,these chapters are metaphorically represented by my blank page.  You see this document, this blog, was once blank, empty-initially, there were no limitations, there were no measurements.  This page, this blog is my chess board, and it is wide open to a plethora of possibilities and it happened to have been clear of any obstacles or hindrances that could have impeded what is written.  Better yet, it carries no baggage, no regrets, no vengeance, no expectations-other than what I determine is essential-what I realize I need to do in order to connect-not just with the assignment, but to connect intrinsically with the “art of possibility.”  Now, as the words have emerged, I can battle with the letters or create something fluid and editable because there is no battle to conquer-no competition to prepare.  However, although this was an epiphany, it isn’t the only realization or thought I have had since reading these chapters-I have been enveloped by ideas, contradictions, questions. 

For example, these last four chapters kept prompting a connection within me to the first four chapters-perception and seeing new perspectives where blame is not a reality, only a minor obstacle that can be altered based on one’s choice, one’s power of choice and realization.  Giving the “A” is how you tell the “WE” story, how to create a framework of possibility, how to become the board, and how to light the spark-it is all connected, just as (for the most part) we are connected by this seemingly insignificant blog.  I mentioned Theresa Smith in my opening blog in response to reading the first four chapters in The Art of Possiblity by Rosamund Stone Zander because she gave me an ‘A’ through giving so freely to me the realization that I was worthy simply because I was a person, by emphasizing that my economic background, the life I was haunted by, the clothes I wore-that none of it had anything to do with my value.  None of these things had the power to control me because they were just things and nothing more. 

What I did not mention in that section was the reality of my life prior to that moment when Theresa Smith enlightened me to the possibilities at my fingertips, and here is where my contradiction with part of what I read emerges.  I believe that we can be the chess board in many situations.  I believe thatwe can be the framework for humanity just as she was for me, and we can help those around us rise above situations to see new potential and possibilities, but, perhaps it is my personal story that prevents me from connecting to the idea that all of us must wear the blame in situations andacknowledge our errors in problems or people that we encounter.  Although I tend to void this topic as much as possible, I think that it may provide some basis as to why I am struggling so much with this concept.  I was molested by a step-father for somewhere close to 10 years-the exact amount, I am not sure about because I can’t remember when it began, just when it finally ended.

I do not feel or believe that I should ever invite him into my life so we could discuss or resolve how he felt about the situation-I don’t care to, and I don’t think that anyone that molests a child and robs them of their memories can be permitted to be considered someone that I should give an ‘A’ to.  Understanding why someone would do this does not alleviate the impact and ugliness that a child endures…now, with that said, does it mean that I have the right to play the poor me, card.  No, I don’t believe that-I believe that my page is empty and what I write into my life is up to me and what I contribute to this final reading blog and to those around me is that we are all a book waiting to be written, and where we end up is only determined by our own actionshoweverwith each action, with each word, with each sentence, we can reinvent negativity into something as inspirational as the breath of a new born child. 

My response to Catherine

Catherine,

You are very brave.  This blog has helped me see how those ideas are related.  I am still struggling with the “be the board’ concept.  I honestly believe there are some situations that these concepts cannot apply.  I believe anyone who has suffered any kind of abuse, does not have to apply these concepts to the abuser.  I am so thankful you had a teacher who “gave you an A” and took an interest in your life.  She has helped shape the person you are and I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to get to know you.

Week 4 The Art of Possibilites

26 Jun

I just finished reading The Art of Possibility and I’m trying to digest the concept of “Being the Board.” I understand what they are saying just I am having difficulty figuring out how this would work.   I guess this is one of those things I’m going to have to spend more time thinking about.

 

I didn’t realize it but I have employing the “Telling the WE story” for really long time.  I learned in my first few years of teaching that the parents respond better when there is a problem if WE work together on it.  I’ve had students that have been called “problems” and I always approached the parents and said we will work as a team.  We will keep each other informed and we will communicate.  It tends to get a better reception than the teacher telling the parents your child is a problem and what are they going to do about it.  I’m the teacher who creates a behavior plan and a communication log.  I try to find ways to make the child feel successfully and valued.  It means that I give up my lunch to eat with the child but I believe it is worth it.  Some of my friends at my school don’t feel the same way I do and it’s irritating to see the students struggle when the situation could be made better.  They complain about filling out the communication logs and giving up their time.  I think the WE story is very powerful and I wish I could help more teachers see how it can impact a child’s life.

Wk 3 Leadership Hub

23 Jun

My project, Incorporating Effective Practices in Professional Development, is based on my research of Professional Development and Brain Based Learning Theory.  At my school, the teachers were not using the Mimios in their classrooms. My proposed solution was to create video lessons and provide coaching to the participants. I would like to share my project at the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) in Seattle, Washington next spring.

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Peer comment-Trudi Perkins

23 Jun

Week 3 Readings

 

This week’s reading provided many things for me to think about. It is interesting that a simple concept as paying attention made such striking difference in the way that the orchestra conductor led the musicians. Once he got out of focusing on himself, he was able to see whether or not the musicians were engaged with the process.

The idea of listening for passion really resonated for me.  Passion will show in the reactions of our students. The example that Zander gives of how the Cuban and American musicians used their strengths collaboratively to help each other learn the various pieces that they needed to perform, is a really good way of seeing how the conductor used the passion that he saw in the musicians as a way of overcoming the obstacles that the orchestra faced at that moment.  They were able to let go of being so serious about everything (Rule #6) and through that act, something wonderful happened.

 

My response to Trudi

Hi Trudi,
I really enjoyed the story about the Cuban and American musicians teaching each other their music. I think it was a great way to show how empowering the students impacted the whole orchestra. I need to practice Rule #6 in my life. I’m really glad we are reading this book.

Peer Comment-Tamika Keys-McPherson

22 Jun

Week 3: Reading – Art of Possibility 5-8

Reading these chapters brought a great deal of realization to mind when I read them.  Here is my take on each chapter below:

Any Chair

We all have something to bring to the table. When we collaborate it makes it just that much better. I may be the leader with my students but I can learn something from them as well. Little people see things in a different light as we have read from previous chapters. I may not notice something or forget what I have told them and they will bring it to your attention. We all have good intentions to be great and successful but we can have help along the way and learn how to receive it in a positive aspect. A successfully manufactured car comes complete with all parts. If any of the parts are missing or do not work properly, then the car does not operate efficiently as designed.

Number 6

Laughter is one of the emotions that can ease tension among two or more people. Once tension is released, then the goal or task can be completed positively and effectively.  We sometimes take things too serious and not look at the brighter side of a situation. When I read about rule number 6 and its implications, it made me think of my work environment and if I had know about this phrase, I could have used it during testing because there was quite a few attitudes that were ramped throughout our building.  I would not have used those exact words, but I would change a few to suit my environment. We all need to “lighten up” on situations to get through situation at home, work, and at play. Just enjoy life and we happy.

The Way Things Are

To me our society is spoiled. We want what we want and we try to get it the way we want it but sometimes it is impossible and we can’t adjust to change or not having what we want. Our attitudes change and we just don’t know how to adjust to not having what we want.  I learned a great deal this year from my elementary students. Even when it comes down to not having a red crayon in their coloring boxes, they will go crazy. We have to learn to deal with what we have and what is happening around us and go from there.  My Zumba instructor went on vacation and some of the ladies got mad. They had a fit because they had already made their summer exercise plans and she left to go back home. The other members and myself decided to come up with a plan to keep exercising while our instructor was away. No problem.  We decided to go walking at the waterfront area on our Zumba days and swim the remaining days of the week.  I am use to walking in my neighborhood which is a in a protected sub-division out in the county and not on the public streets.  There was a group of us walking and I have to make a choice, was I going to walk with everyone else or get mad and stay home. Needless to say, I went with the group even in fear of strangers and dogs, but I had a good time. We can make light of a situation or just sulk in our misery.  Stay positive and adapt to change…it is what it is.

Giving Away to Passion

The question states, “Where is the electric socket for possibility, the access to the energy of transformation?” It is in your heart, your soul, and your mind. If you do not believe that you can do it, then you won’t. If you do not put forth all your energy with your heart and soul, you are only cheating yourself in accomplishing the goals that you have set out to accomplish. Whether your are trying to change yourself, achieve a goal, or make some sort if transformation in your life for the better, you can’t do it without combining the heart, soul, and mind to be harmonious in this task.

 

My response to Tamika

I enjoyed reading your summary. I work with elementary students and I’m amazed how many of them do not have coping skills. I made a little girl mad during the last few weeks of school because she couldn’t have the red whiteboard marker. She proceeded to pout, scream, cry and she ignored me when I tried to talk to her. Apparently that set her off and the day ended with her getting more trouble. I walked in to her classroom later and she was hiding under a desk, ignoring the adults and refusing to come out. I was totally shocked be her behavior, she is a “typical” kid. I worked in Special Education for several years and I’m used to kids acting out but this was way out of the norm. All I could think of is if she did this at school, what is she like at home? Her Mom tracked me down a few days later to find out what set her off. Her mom was trying to make excuses for her behavior. I know as a parent there would be no making excuses for my children or grandchildren to act like that. I wonder if she gets what she wants at home by acting that way?

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