Lately I have been reflecting on changes within the educational profession and society at large since entering the field twenty years ago. The impact of the internet and mobile technology has led to far reaching changes in all aspects of society including instructional practice and educational leadership. Below are a few thoughts and observations as the current educational year winds down.
Feedback, and our ability to act on it, can fuel our success. No matter how experienced or accomplished, we all need feedback to improve. A great example of that is the picture the St. Louis Rams posted on their Facebook page last Wednesday.
I was stunned by the specific and transparent feedback these all-time NFL greats received as depicted in their 1966-67 defense manual. If one of the most dominant defensive lines in football history that included two NFL Hall of Fame members needed improvement goals like that, what about us, or our students. It’s a simple truth that there is significant power in feedback, goal-setting and progress monitoring. We can all learn from this football example, students and adults alike.
Writing is a deeply personal practice for many of us. It can be downright scary to share your insight or new understandings in an open forum like a blog. However, as a school leader I now see this as an indispensable part of my professional development, learning, and leadership. This didn’t happen overnight. It’s been a three year journey to the epiphany that my learning preferences have been transformed.