Happy Super Bowl 2020 early edition of Monday Moanin Thoughts. I hope you all are either preparing to watch the festivities or you enjoyed the game, commercials, and half time show. Many authors agree that successful organizations and teams need a healthy tension to be productive. My definition of healthy tension is an organization rooted in a collaborative climate. Some examples may include staff engaging in consistent dialogue about instruction, learning, growth and possible changes in how individuals teach and students learn. The opposite is an organization that focuses on teacher/adult happiness that may not have enough tension or discipline to change and improve. Some describe this as a more congenial environment than collegial.
Early February can be a time when your organizational climate may begin to dip. People are tired of winter and longing for warmer weather, sunnier days. Principals, as the instructional leaders in the building, you set the tone. This is a natural mid-point in the school year to refocus your staff on teaching and learning. Your role is to consistently nudge your staff in a healthy way towards continuous improvement in their practice. During the next week I encourage you to reflect on what type of tension is in your organization. Consider using the following questions to guide your practice as you determine the tension in your building. Is your staff having the right conversations about teaching and learning? Are you asking the right questions? Is there a focus on learning? Am I redirecting conversations back to teaching and learning? Am I praising and validating the good things happening in the classroom?
Good luck, have a great week and keep finding the good stuff.