One of my favorite aspects of my job is being around the kids. Often times I find myself in and out of classrooms without interacting with kids as much as I would like. As I spend time and reflect on my goal for the remainder of the year it is important that I spend as much time in classrooms as possible.
There are parts of my job that would allow me to work in the classroom rather than at my desk. Last year, I approached my principal about the possibility of a cart so I could have a mobile desk. Someone on Twitter posted about a mobile office and it seemed logical. There was somewhat of a vision of what I wanted but I could clearly define ‘why’ a mobile desk. I still don’t have a mobile cart, but I still think about it and see people on Twitter with a mobile office. The mobile cart just didn’t seem like what I needed. This weekend it came to me…..a backpack. Yes, that is all I need. Load my backpack and walk into classes. Can I provide meaningful feedback to a teacher outside of a walk through simply by being present in their class? Will teachers be open and willing to allow me to simply take up space and do some of my ‘work’ in their classroom? How will this change the interaction I have with students?
Our district began an Aspiring Leaders Academy a few weeks ago. This is for anyone who desires to be a leader in our district. Currently we are reading an article and responding in Google Classroom.
Leadership is not a position but it comes from a place in your heart of determination to be better. As a leader, it was my goal to commit to using this blog as a reflection tool for myself.
May I be a leader that becomes better and that helps those around me grow. Leaders grow other leaders.
We have all been learners in a classroom at some time in our life. What classroom stands out to you? For me, the class that stands out to me the most are those classes that the teacher not only knew my name but knew something about me. Looking back I would go as far to say as they knew something I was passionate about.
When we look at student engagement we know that students that are engaged can describe to you what they are learning. Some high forms of engagement involve creating and building. As teachers we are tasked with building engaging lessons for our students. I love this quote by Eric Jensen, “Strong teaching connects learning in ways that inspire kids to learn more and strive for greatness.”
How do we inspire kids to learn more?
I’m not far removed from being a first year administrator and I know each year there will always be things to learn. If I could go share a few things with a first year administrator this is what I would say:
- Get to know the kids – what are they passionate about
- Build relationships with your staff
- Be visible in classrooms
- Be visible in the community
- Go on home visits
- There will always be something to do…go home and enjoy your family!
College Colors Day in Bryan ISD
It happens the last Friday of every month. Students are encouraged to wear their college shirts and our counselor provides information about the highlighted college for the month. This month Ms. Grall provided a map and showed the location of several colleges. She included my Alma Mater, Abilene Christian University on this map this month. What a fun way for kids to learn about colleges!!
At Sul Ross it has become a friendly little competition. 3rd grade won the trophy in November because everyone in the grade level was wearing a college shirt.
Thank you Bryan ISD for making College Colors Day a priority!
Giving Kids an Advantage
Chess is a game of strategy, which involves critical thinking and problem solving. In Bryan ISD, beginning last year all 2nd and 3rd graders learned Chess through the First Move Program during their Social Studies time on Friday.
Why Chess in schools? A few benefits….it requires students to visualize, focus and think abstractly. Another benefit is during those Indoor Recess Days it provides students an opportunity to challenge one another as the learn to win graciously.