The following are my summary and reflections:
First post of the night:
@IvantheAggie18 MarLeading means to never give up on anyone at any time. #21stadmin Leaders will people around them to find the best they have. #realtalk
Much later followed by a link to this principal's reflection on Maya Angelou's keynote address at ASCD only the week before. This was a strong, overarching theme of the conversation:
We must support, encourage, and inspire all children to know and use their strength, and one of the greatest callings of an administrator is to challenge and support educators in recognizing their power in that endeavor with children.
Participants in the chat leaped into discussion of *how* to do that! Modeling was a huge theme: modeling constant learning and growth, modeling accepting mistakes and learning from failure, and modeling openness and trust. Giving teachers permission to experiment and grow was another major theme.
Some very popular specific suggestions were things like:
- Don't have a private "office" where you sit checking email all day, but be out on campus, and have conversations publicly to highlight openness and collaboration, equal voice of all stakeholders. (I'm not an admin, but I abandoned my "office" and do my prep and grading on a couch in the hallway... LOVE the fun little interactions I have with the kids, plus spontaneous collaboration it affords w colleagues wandering by!)
- "The little things" can keep staff morale high, even if they feel gimmicky: a coffee cart or rolling drink cooler, if you're in a hot zone, covering basic duties like carpool lane, a fun staff raffle... (My school provides 15-min chair massages on student/parent/teacher conference days!)
- Shadow a teacher - or better yet a student! - for a day to see their reality. Schedules, room transfers, multiple preps, homework load... all sound reasonable on paper! This can be a great catalyst for empathy and change by design.
One question in particular came up, that didn't get really thoroughly answered:
- How do we highlight teacher successes to support all teachers in experimenting and feeling successful, and not bringing in any resentment or embarrassment? There were a lot of mixed feeling here, and very mixed experiences, and the most popular suggestion seemed to be to keep the teacher shout-outs, and made them teacher-driven! One peer teacher gives a shout-out to a peer, rather than admin pointing out a golden teacher.
And several great suggestions for next #21stadmin chat!
- hiring practices for a 21st century school
- how to break out of the admin closed-door office space
- how to get all stakeholders on board w 21st c changes
Vote for March 25th's topic here!
Below, I've pasted in really just those tweets that caught my eye. Considering how many are RTs, I clearly missed them the first time, and I'm sure missed other, too! Posts highlighted yellow contain links to rad resources folks posted, and posts highlighted green were particular popular posts with lots of RTs or responses.
What are the joys and challenges of admining in the 21st century? Joy #1: Opportunities to collaborate are endless.
Biggest challenge for me (aside from time), is finding creative ways to support teachers & change culture. Ideas?
Modeling is key! RT
@nicolenmartin: we can model how to grow a PLN; I Skyped an during a PD session with teachers! #21stadmin
Administrators must learn more (not know more) than everyone else We must genuinely serve Leadership is about serving & growing.
Anyone having great success empowering teacher leaders? Here is our recent attempt
#lask8 http://lasdilearn.blogspot.com/2013/01/building-teacher-capacity-recognizing.html … #21stadmin
Sharing your learning as a leader is key. Have a blog sharing transparent learning process? might be good place to start.
Read about our teacher led PD here: Viral Intelligence: The Multiplier Effect & Institute Day at Leyden http://shrd.by/wklEgT
@JESLeadTeach: we are asking our students to have a voice and choice in their education, we should do the same for Ts #21stadmin
New Ed Leadership Book out today
#multlpliers The Multplier Effect - Tapping the Genius Inside our Schools http://multipliersbook.com/multiplier-effect-book/ … #21stadmin
Joy of my job: when a T comes running to me saying "look! I did it all by myself!" about a new techy tool
More on the move desk into the hallway RT
@patrickmlarkin: A little about that here http://www.apple.com/education/profiles/burlington/#video-burlington … #21stadmin
Gr8 image RT
@JosieHolford: And then remember - a school in May is like a 2 year old deprived of a nap. #21stadmin
Hubby's school does faculty "Roars!" RT
@GHSAPrincipal: Make it their spotlight. Have them do shout-outs to one another. #21stadmin
Mini-conversation about biggest desired change:
If you could change one thing in your building without resistance, what would it be?
@InstTechTalk I would change willingness 2 take risks that are good for kids, step outside of box, teach less, facilitate more #21stadmin
With 7 min left of
#21stadmin What was your JOY today as an admin?
I have several action steps: 1) move out of office 2) offer to cover more 3) model a growth mindset with my PLN. Thanks
My joy today was hearing a Gr 6 student tell me that
#coding was like having a personal assist, you tell the computer what to do! #21stadmin
It was a JOY to know that the other coordinators wanted to talk big ideas, focus on student achievement, develop Ts PD & become
My action steps: get out of DO & out to schools more, appreciate all that our principals do, rethink office setting
My joy? This is what my brain has felt like since joining Twitter in November.
7 Habits of Highly Effective Administrators http://www.teachthought.com/learning/7-habits-of-highly-effective-administrators/ …
@LizWiseman: Our highest value may be invoking intelligence & bringing out genius in people around us. #21stadmin http://amzn.to/14tu0Ud
@elisefoster: Want a free chapter of "The #Multiplier Effect" Check it out here! http://bit.ly/Yr6cyn @lizwiseman #21stadmin