This past weekend I had the opportunity to partner with the amazing Shelley Burgess as we presented the very first Lead Like a PIRATE workshop at #AMLE2015. It was such an incredible opportunity to share our passion for leadership and education and our goal of creating schools that students and staff are running into each day not out. I treasure the connections made with other educators from across the country and look forward to our continued work together. During the workshop, we took our crew through each letter of the PIRATE philosophy and it's application to leadership, but gave a special appreciation challenge for Monday. We asked for leaders to spend thirty minutes to do two minute "anchor drops" in fifteen different classrooms and leave a note of appreciation of something that was observed. Appreciation ONLY, not what to do better. Our goal was to help others realize that it doesn't take a lot of time to notice the positive things our staff do to make a difference in the lives of our students.
After returning to school today after being out of the building for two days, my desk was full of catch up work. It was tempting to stay in the office, but I pushed this to the side, made an anchor template (https://docs.google.com/document/d/17f4QnqXxE2s51HN47tI6qLHTv5vbmt9rkKw0a92Bbpo/edit?usp=sharing), and hit the hallways. Sometimes we get so busy as administrators that we truly forget to sit back, relax and watch the amazing things that happen in front of us in classrooms each day.
The thirty minutes that I took to do this today was definitely the best part of my Monday. As I continued through the day, I found that I could easily find things to appreciate with staff not only in classrooms, but in IEP meetings, bus duty, lunch duty, working together on behavior interventions and as we ended the day in leadership team. It is amazing what there is to appreciate when we take time to look for it. It was also inspirational to see the tweets of other administrators taking the time to do this today as well. After taking time to do this today, I pledge to make sure I am showing appreciation each day of the week.
PIRATE leaders, it's not too late to get started! We would love for you to join us for the appreciation challenge and share out on #LeadLAP.