- Be intentional in showing appreciation of those we work with each day.
- Notice the impact of what the educators choose to implement with our students in classrooms.
- Have collaborative conversations after observations with more listening and less talking.
- Honor voice and choice in ideas generated by teachers.
- Offer non-evaluative support to our staff as they try new strategies or take new risks.
- Reflect daily on our practice so that we are always getting better at what we do.
It has been truly incredible to see the amazing things happening in schools through these weekly challenges. The dedication of the #LeadLAP community to our mission of creating schools that students and staff are running to get INTO rather than out is truly inspirational. The pictures, resources and ideas shared on the hashtag have been creative sparks to so many. Thank you so much for being relentless in your journey to excellence in education!
You have been so busy leading, learning and teaching like PIRATEs, our challenge for this week is to take time to REST like a PIRATE! We PIRATE-types tend to never stop. We are on the go at all times, both our bodies and our brains. This week, we are challenging you to slow it down (a little) and shift your thoughts to YOU and your family instead of all the others you serve on a daily basis. Take a moment to invest in one or more of the following and tell us about it on the #LeadLAP hashtag.
P is for Passion: What is something you are personally passionate about? Your family? A hobby? Devote time to your personal passions this week.
I is for Immersion: Immerse yourself in YOU! I know this sounds selfish, but take time for YOU instead of giving it all to others. Get that massage you've been putting off. Go watch a movie you've wanted to see.
R is for Rapport: Connect with a family member or friend you've been missing. Take time to build rapport with someone you've neglected. And hey...it's okay if that person is YOU!
A is for Ask and Analyze: Make a conscious effort to ask yourself each day if you've taken a few moments for you. Analyze the impact of what even 5 minutes of refocusing does for your practice.
T is for Transformation: How can you transform your current schedule so that you are able to allow for more time recharging, relaxing and resting so you can be more effective as a leader? If you haven't read The Zen Teacher by my favorite #ZenPirate Dan Tricarico, it may be a good place to get ideas. http://www.thezenteacher.com/the-zen-teacher-book.html
E is for Enthusiasm: How can you bring more enthusiasm to your life outside of school. This is a very personal goal for me. This year especially has required much longer hours at school. My own two boys tend to get what is left of me instead of the best of me. That has to change. They deserve as much if not more of my enthusiasm each and every day. For me, this means I am going to need to do a better job of eating right and exercising which always brings up my energy levels!
Leading like a PIRATE can be exhausting. Shelley and I can't wait to hear about how you are taking time for yourself this week. We've decided to hold off on a weekly chat time and do more of a slow chat all week long on the hashtag. Please post your ideas on how to Rest Like a PIRATE whenever it works for you throughout the week. The hashtag is also a great place to share resources, pictures and other ideas to support other educators. Thank YOU so much for all you do to make the world a better place! Have a FABULOUS week and a great Thanksgiving!