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… Continue reading Reflecting on our collective thoughts about leading through change

My Philosophy of Adaptation

As an educator and a leader, my vision is that learners will be empowered to effectively use technology to explore, create, and interact with content through meaningful, self-directed, and personalized learning experiences.  Thomas and Brown (2011) describe a new culture of learning that has shifted our knowledge and understanding of what it means to learn.… Continue reading My Philosophy of Adaptation

My understanding of productive disturbance and coherence making in mentorship

When I think of mentorship, I find it to be a very focused approach to leadership.  Leadership in an organization includes mentoring of team members but being in a peer mentorship experience is a very intentional and focused process that assumes that the mentor is competent, experienced, and well intentioned.  Rowley (1999) wrote an article… Continue reading My understanding of productive disturbance and coherence making in mentorship

A reflection on the importance of diversity in knowledge creation and sharing

I had been thinking about the essential question in the context of a given organization and reading the other blogs made me realize that our class would have been a good example to use responding to the topic.  As I read through other blogs, I was reminded about the significance of our various experiences when… Continue reading A reflection on the importance of diversity in knowledge creation and sharing

Knowledge creation and sharing in a healthy educational organization

What is the role of knowledge creation and sharing in a healthy educational organization? My broad definition of a healthy educational organization is one that has effective leadership, empowered team members, cohesive structure, and flexible processes to carry out its mission and achieve its stated moral purpose.  Knowledge creation and sharing ensures that all those… Continue reading Knowledge creation and sharing in a healthy educational organization

A reflection about leading and helping the wrong people to become the right people

This week, Theresa (@teacherak14) and I hosted the #ETLead chat session in Twitter.  We used a shared Google document to write down our questions earlier in the week; Theresa led the first half of the session with her questions and I picked up halfway through with most of mine.  We ended with brief updates about… Continue reading A reflection about leading and helping the wrong people to become the right people

Understanding the “wrong people” on your team

I think the dilemma of keeping the right people on your team and letting go of the wrong people is something that any leader and successful organization must face at some point if not periodically throughout different change processes.  The essential question this week brings up a lot of questions for me.  What criteria or… Continue reading Understanding the “wrong people” on your team

A reflection about my leadership style and learning to develop other styles

Thank you to Cherie (@cherbabes) for that wonderful quiz to help us look in the mirror and reflect on our leadership styles.  I also shared with her that I think anyone who is willing has the potential to develop all leadership styles.  It’s important that we embrace the strengths we have but to also be intentional… Continue reading A reflection about my leadership style and learning to develop other styles

Elements of all leadership styles are important to managing the change process

When I think of change, I define it as different, evolving, transforming, new, and sometimes improvement.  When I describe how I feel about change, I use words such as difficult, challenging, shifting, eye-opening, adjusting, refocusing, and again, sometimes improvement.  The broader concept of change is complex and difficult to define to a single context; for… Continue reading Elements of all leadership styles are important to managing the change process

A reflection about defining and communicating my moral purpose

Our twitter session was a great addition to the reading this week; after reading the text, I felt like I was still thinking about last week’s essential question.  During our twitter chat, it helped to hear from others what their thoughts were on their individual moral purposes and what that looked like in the classroom. … Continue reading A reflection about defining and communicating my moral purpose