- Leadership isn’t about titles.
- Immediate Feedback is powerful.
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 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.
I 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, 2017: TISHAPONCIO
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,