They strive to have others grow with them.”
Here a just a few of our many highlights from Yarrow:
Effective Leadership Is To Lead By Example
We learned that teacher leadership, “is the process by which teachers influence their colleagues, principals, and other members of the school community to improve teaching and learning practices with the aim of increased student learning and achievement.” As leaders, we must use proactive language. Proactive language includes phrases such as: “ I choose to…” or “I am going to…” We are definitely up for the challenge!!!
Collaboration Is The Key
An unknown author once said, “Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.”
- We learned that in order to be apart of an efficient team, we must first work on ourselves.
- We learned that teamwork requires collaboration, strategizing, creating a plan, assigning roles, regrouping, reflecting, evaluating, and hard work!
- We analyzed our personality style by sharing our thoughts, supporting our teammates, and actively listening to each other, during our North, West, South, and East team building exercise.
- We had fun participating in the Bubble Blow Challenge and found out just how fast bubbles can move.
- We had “Pair/Share Partners.
- Walled Lake Schools Outdoor Education Center created a variety of team challenge activities.
- We even created songs about our Yarrow experience.
- We stayed connected and developed a shared understanding!
Current Best Practices
We thoroughly explored Stephen Covey’s book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. We learned how to change our own habits by identifying our paradigms, learning how a paradigm shift affects our behavior, and learning how to get different results.
PRINCIPLES OF THE SEVEN HABITS
We re-familiarized ourselves with the teachings of Marzano from the article, “Classroom Instructions that Work.” We learned that setting objectives and providing feedback is critical, in order for students to be successful. Students also have to be given cooperative learning experiences. This type of learning motivates our students by teaching them the importance of building their positive interdependence. Finally, reinforcing our youth’s effort and providing recognition inspires them to learn. This type of reinforcement also teaches our students how to further develop their growth mindsets.
We examined growth mindset with Carol Dweck using her article, “The Perils and Promises of Praise.” After exploring this article, it became clear that once you become aware of having a “growth mindset” or a “fixed mindset,” you can begin to change you thoughts in every aspect of your life. As an educator, it is vital to have a growth mindset when we reflecting on best practices. A growth mindset allows us to learn new innovative ways to further enhance each student’s learning. Dweck challenges each of us to continue to have a growth mindset!
We also explored Simon Sineck’s TED talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action,” starting with “WHY.” Sineck broke things down into 3 parts: what, how, and why. Everyone knows what they do. Some know how they do it. Very few know why they do what they do. Sinek further discusses how our brain functions. The 'what' portion corresponds with the neocortex part of the brain. This part of our brain is responsible for our rational thoughts, analytical thoughts, and our language. The 'how' and 'why' are responsible for our limbic brains. These sections are responsible for our feelings, trust, loyalty, decision making and, interestingly enough, have no capacity for language. Sinek’s view of leadership is that people buy into why you do things, instead of what you do. He also implies that we should communicate from the inside out.
GREAT SUMMER READS
Mindsets in the Classroom by Mary Cay Ricci
The Leader in Me by Stephen R. and Sean Covey.
USE YOUR RESOURCES
Thanks to Joyce, Mary, and Meghan, we have a variety of resources that we can use to become effective leaders!
We are looking forward to implementing the following strategies that we learned about in Yarrow: High- Fives, Inside/ Outside circles, Cold-calling, Journaling/ reflections, and the Fishbowl.
Don’t forget that there is also a list of suggested books that we can use in the classroom this year to reinforce the 7 Habits.
It is vital that we continue to stay abreast of current best practices!
Have a fantastic school year!