Both articles provided powerful paradigms for the processes we use to lead in schools.
As I think about the articles, I am inspired to do the following:
- Continue to look for ways to support greater community, connectivity, and knowledge of one another.
- Continue to look for ways to invite voice from all in the learning community with regard to the work we do--to understand what they find meaningful, their needs, ideas, and questions.
- To take time to be watchful and responsive in timely, natural ways that matter.
- To move from more mechanistic processes to more natural, living processes.
- To be mindful of process over product.
I really like the way Wheatley calls us to learn about systems from the living world around us rather than the machine-like systems imposed over the past three hundred years. In many ways the school community where I work naturally embraces living systems, and in some ways we still hold on to machine-like processes.
I will think more on these powerful articles in the days to come--articles that hold great potential when it comes to serving and teaching children well.