2 Things I Have Learned This Year

  1. Leadership isn’t about titles. 
  2. Immediate Feedback is powerful. 

Leadership

If you’ve followed me very long over on my professional Twitter account, you already know that leadership and learning more about leadership is a characteristic I value greatly.

I’ve read numerous books this year including The New Pillars of Modern Teaching, 360 Degree Leader, Lead Like A Pirate and Chop Wood, Carry Water and each one has a common theme of being a great leader wherever you happen to be and whatever you happen to be doing!

I believe that the 5 people you spend time with the most and the last 5 books you’ve read are what is shaping you to be who you are today! What you surround yourself with is what you become!

Leadership isn’t about a title. As educators, we have to empower ourselves to know that we are leaders no matter what our title is at the moment. We are more than our title of teacher,  student, paraprofessional or administrator.

It is up to us to lead ourselves before we are ever able to lead anyone else. This means doing the things that others are not willing to do whether that includes picking up other people’s trash that has fallen in our path or being confident enough to model what it is we are asking of our teachers or students.

You are a leader! I am a leader! We ARE leaders!

It is within our power to lead change, lead learning, and lead transparency so that we can build up and grow more great leaders!


Feedback

Feedback is necessary for change and improvement. We cannot continue to do what we’ve always done because we’ve always done it.

Educators have no time. I hear it all the time. I’ve even said it myself (especially as the school year winds down).

We have to talk to each other anyway. 

Some of the best and most inspiring conversations I’ve had with other educators have been in the hallway as I’m rushing to my next meeting or to the next conference session. They weren’t planned or scripted. Some of those conversations have led me to grow more as an educator than I did during days and days of planned staff development in my district.

As educators, we have a responsibility to share and share often! 

It doesn’t have to be perfect! In fact, it can be messy! Once we get passed this idea we all have the ability to grow in ways we never expected.

We have to SHARE the great things we are doing in our classrooms so that more Ss can benefit from those great things. In order to do this, we need to get in the habit of giving and receiving feedback whether it’s in our own hallways, on Twitter, or at conferences.

One of the best digital tools I’ve learned of this year for immediate feedback, student voice & team building is —->  Flipgrid

Flipgrid allows students and/or teachers to record 30 second to three minute (with the flipgrid classroom account).

The free account allows teachers one grid with limited features. Sign up here

You can upgrade your account to a Flipgrid Classroom account (Priced at $65 for individual subscriptions and $400 for 10-packs). This account allows you access to: unlimited grids, topics, responses, and replies-to-responses; feature student responses; move and duplicate grid structure and content; embed fully-functional grids into other environments such as an LMS or class website.

I’ve recently taken to using the Flipgrid app instead of the web interface! This allows me to give and receive feedback anywhere and any time I can carve out some moments in my day.

FlipBadgeI am a FlipGrid Ambassador BUT even if I wasn’t I would be sharing their greatness with you anyway! They are a great group of people to work with and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to share them with you!

They are so awesome that YOU can use this PROMO CODE which is good for free access to Flipgrid Classroom through September 30, 2017TISHAPONCIO

 Enjoy! Let us know how you’re using it! We love to hear your ideas!

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED?

I’m interested to here from YOU!

What great things have you learned this year? What are you willing to share?

Here is a flipgrid for you to record and share your thoughts: https://flipgrid.com/796dab

Empowering Educators Everywhere,

Tisha (@txtechchick)

 

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5 Ways to Use Google Keep

One of my  new favorite, life-changing digital tools is Google Keep! It is one of the new GSuite Apps and it is a game changer for me.

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I wanted to share with you a few ways that we are using it in our school with our teachers and students! Here is a quick YouTube video for those of you that want to see it in action!

Group Project Collaboration

I love that I can add collaborators to my notes! This allows for us to work on common projects without having to be face-to-face. Several teachers I know have used this for Prom  or Graduation planning with great success!

Meeting Agendas

My department seems to be so busy that we hardly ever can get together. We have monthly meeting scheduled, but recently, we’ve implemented Google Keep notes to keep our meeting agendas organized. What I love about this concept is that we can visually see all that we need to discuss before we sit down together! We, also, have the opportunity to complete items ahead of time and then just debrief about them face-to-face.

Daily Reminders

Who doesn’t need daily reminders? This is a great feature in Google Keep where you can set the reminders just as you would on your mobile device or calendar!

Ongoing To-Do Lists

My to-do list never ends. I have color coded my notes and lists so I can visually see what needs to happen now and what can be deferred. Some of my ongoing lists have collaborators such as my student leaders or the colleagues I work on projects with most often.

Research Paper Outline

This one is a great method! I’ve had adult and teen learners use Google Keep to outline their research paper! Why is this so great? Because you can copy your text to Google Docs in about one second. Seriously? Yes. It keeps your note title as the Google Doc title and everything.

So, there you have it. Google Keep is a necessity for you! Go on and download the mobile app while you’re at it so you can be productive all the time! 🙂

 

Empowering Educators Everywhere,

Tisha (@txtechchick)