Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. Over the past several weeks I have met with many administrators and teachers discussing their effectiveness as a team and their individual challenges. My focus during this time is the idea of practice and what does it mean and how do we do it? When discussing instruction and assessment the term best practice is used often. But do we really practice strategies in those areas or do we just discuss it and rarely take action? My understanding of practice is to work on something to improve a specific skill that needs improvement. To get better , we need to practice doing it. This week consider choosing one of these suggestions and try to practice it.
- Be more positive and accept what can’t be changed. David Holmes writes; ” You need to do this in order to deter a pattern of complaining that is so easy to begin, the discipline of dealing with ‘what is,’ not what you wish things to be, is an important principle.”
- Lead in your classroom or building more side by side in a supportive, helping manner. It is easy to tell others what to do. It is a challenge to really understand why others are behaving a certain way. This week, get closer to others and see if it makes a difference in their performance.
- Fight isolation by not eating alone, invite others into you classroom or building, and look for opportunities outside of your building to connect and network with others. You don’t have to be alone, reach out.
There is an older traditional thought that says practice makes perfect. Let’s forget about being perfect and just begin practicing.
Have a great week and keep finding the good stuff.