Thursday, January 8, 2015

Constant Change, Trying Times, and Focusing on What Really Matters

Our Executive Director of Secondary Curriculum shared this article with me this morning.

The article talked about the potential stress that is placed on teachers by constant change in education.

The author outlines some guiding beliefs for teachers:
1. Change is constant, let's focus on how we manage it.
2. Don't wait for training, be a learner, go out and seek it.
3. Focus on the important things (many of these do not change).

As the leader of a building, the thing that resonates with me is that I must take the lead in all three of the areas listed above.

To do that, I try to focus on and communicate to my staff..."growth" more than "change"...what's best for students (engagement, challenge, choice, voice) more than Common Core (or any initiative), and The Wildcat Way.

Although it is a trying time for educators, it's also a great time to be in education.

I love it!

Tim Sparacino, Principal
Washington Jr. High School

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