Learning to Lead

It is imperative for educators to reflect on the current trends of their field. My research can be found in my literature review of ICT projects that have been attempted across the globe. We must collect the data, read and analyze the data, and adjust our practices to move with these current trends. While I am usually one to argue against following any trend, when it comes to the education system, we must all implement in our unique voice and set our sights on the same goal as our fellow educators. If this is accomplished, students across the nation will receive a personalized education that will raise them to the collective high standard of that nation. The following is my review of the 2015 Horizon Report and Meeker Report as they apply to the current trends in education.

Classroom Wars

Throughout EDLD 5313 Create Significant Learning Environments, I have been challenged to develop an understanding of how my students will learn and a plan to create a course that will offer my students the opportunities to use a growth mindset. Using a variety of sources including A New Culture of Learning by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown, Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, and Mindset by Carol Dweck, I evolved my personal pedagogy and created the beginnings of my English 1 course that will be taught in the 2016-2017 school year. The following documents tell the tale of how I began to transfer theory into practice.

The journey had to start with a proper amount of reflection: How Significant Learning Environments and a Holistic Approach to Learning Benefit Schools. After mapping out the necessary steps needed to create the learning culture that I desire in my organization, I needed to evaluate how students will effectively learn in the 21st century: How Learning Affects Teaching. Once I comprehended the new culture of learning and addressed how I will induce this 21st century style of learning in my classroom, I needed to provide myself with different platforms on how I could best achieve my goals in the course I teach. The first platform uses the BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) and L. Dee Fink’s Integrated Course Design and can be viewed on my blog.

In the course EDLD 5304, I was asked to reflect on my “why,” to develop an Influencer inspired strategy to assist in the implementation of my innovation, to develop a 4DX model of implementation for my innovation, and to  reflect on how I will use leadership skills found in A Failure of Nerve and Crucial Conversations to implement my innovation plan. My biggest obstacle was admitting to myself that I needed to add a new step in my innovation plan. After I established my “Why,” I decided that the next step for in bringing learning eportfolios and the station rotation model to Heritage High School was to change teacher behavior and attitudes towards accountability and collaboration. Over two weeks I worked on putting together a plan based off of the Influencer model. Observation Games outlines how I plan to use Heritage’s daily bellwork implementation to be a platform for peer observation and improvement. I developed that platform to include the six sources of success in the second part of the Influencer assignment. The next step was to create a Observe Your Way to Success to implement the six sources of success that I designated in the Influencer assignment. Finally, my personal prescription on how I will use the leadership skills I gained from A Failure of Nerve and Crucial Conversations to succeed in the implementation of my innovation plan. My efforts in EDLD 5304 demonstrate my continued commitment to the growth mindset and applying the growth mindset to solve issues within my organization and the field of education at large. While my innovation plan is a work in progress, the progression has taught me invaluable lessons on how to lead within an organization.