Reflecting on our collective thoughts about leading through change

One of my favorite aspects of this course is reading the blogs of my peers and discovering their perspectives on the essential question each week.  This week was no exception; it’s fitting that as we near the end of this course, we write about our philosophy of adaptation – how we believe teachers and leaders adapt to change.  This week’s twitter session (#etlead) was an inspirational and thought-provoking conversation about what we believe about leadership and what kinds of leaders we aspire to be.

This topic sums up a greater conversation we have been having all semester about a new culture of change and successfully leading others through change.  As I read each philosophy, I realized how important this topic is for educators, in articulating how they intend to lead in the new culture of change, amidst all the issues and ambiguity that comes with the education system today.  

In a way, spelling out a philosophy of adaption allows us to state our intention and how we believe the work of teaching and leading can be best accomplished in our practice.  

Teresa (@teacherak14) said it best in her blog post “I can’t teach the same way I learned. I need to find new ways…”.  I responded on several blogs to highlight some nuggets of wisdom that I gained.  I was inspired by Sunshine’s (@winnsunshine) emphasis on the importance of play in learning and motivating students to direct more meaningful learning experiences.  Cindy’s (@DuncanSSD ) philosophy was an inspirational post adopting a growth mindset to help learners set themselves up for success.  She connected her philosophy very well to her current practice and scope of work in her school and her passion for the work is evident in her philosophy.  Ali (@ak_agryga) shared a quote directing us to “become bold advocates to develop the sorts of learning dispositions needed for our learners”.  

Leading in a culture of change requires such boldness, focus, and commitment to growth, while still remembering that the learner is always at the heart of any learning experience.  I love how this assignment helps us end this course on an inspirational high note and tone!

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