As I look ahead to the 2016-2017, I am making a renewed commitment to strong schools. What does this mean?
A commitment to strong schools means making a commitment to the kind of work and effort that contributes to positive, proactive school environments. No matter where we work, we can make this commitment and demonstrate it through our good work and effort.
What does a commitment to strong schools look like?
A Positive Relationship with Every Child
This is the critical factor with regard to strong schools. This is not always easy, but it is what is most important. The golden rule leads our work in this regard, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto to you." Treat every child with respect. Make time to get to know every child. And teach every child in engaging, empowering, positive ways.
Welcome Families as Critical Members of the Learning/Teaching Team
Partner with families to teach children well.
Create "Home Away from Home" Learning Environments
Take the time to create a warm, welcoming learning environment.
Engaging, Empowering Learning Experiences
Inspire students with wonderful learning opportunities. Enlist student voice and invite student choice.
Student Choice and Voice
Make sure that students take center stage in the learning and teaching.
Give students the time they need to practice new concepts, knowledge, and skill to make it their own.
Work with colleagues, administrators, families, students, and the greater community to craft the best possible programs for engaging, empowering teaching/learning programs.
Know the content well. Be a lifelong learner. Target your learning in ways that matter with regard to your teaching.
Look for opportunities to collaborate with colleagues to teach students well. Support TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More
Advocate for Streamlined, Effective Learning/Teaching Organizations, Systems, and Institutions
Find ways to advocate for best possible teaching/learning organizations, systems, and institutions--the kind that forward best possible work for and service to students.
There will be challenges in every teaching/learning organization, but individually each of us can demonstrate our commitment to strong schools with the actions listed above.