Thank you, Spoofhound Football, for a new experience. In 25 years of public education, I’ve never before been part of a post season run that went all the way to the Show Me Championships. It was a great ride and so much fun to experience. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to make it happen. It is certainly a season to remember. Congratulations.
The MR2 Administrative Council does a book study each year. Last year, since so many of us were either new or in new roles, we studied a book on transitions. This year we have been reading and discussing Todd Whitaker and Steve Gruenert's School Culture Rewired.
Today, I was fortunate to attend a workshop these authors presented on this book. It was a great day with a lot of thought provoking conversation. I shared my table with six ladies (one just happened to be a former student from a grad class I taught - small world) from four other districts with very different demographics. It made for great conversation from different perspectives. A few of the best discussions were on the differences between culture and climate, emphasizing more teaching and less telling, why and how to celebrate Mondays. I can't wait until the next AC meeting to share what I've learned.
Professional development is important at all levels. It isn't just for teachers. It's equally important for administrators to keep listening, learning, and improving. I'm thankful for today's learning opportunity.
“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.”
Here at MR2 this year, we’ve spent a lot of time discussing curriculum as it relates to academics and learning standards. Something we must not overlook is the “hidden curriculum” at school. Students see how teachers control their classroom environments and process their actions. Students need teachers to model high character, good judgment, and strong work ethic because they are watching and learning. Teaching is a difficult profession because it’s not just about what you know; it’s also about who you are. The curriculum teachers must cover in their subject areas is vast. However, the hidden curriculum they teach is even greater.