Clinical Practice: Your best hopes. Your worst fears.

Hi All,

As part of my co-facilitation this past week, I was going to do an activity where we discuss our hopes and fears around our clinical practice. Our blog is a great place for us to share this information, too. During this process, be vulnerable in sharing your hopes and fears.  Also, post supportive feedback to others in the forms of resources, personal insight, positive thoughts and suggestions, or anything else!

I’ll go first…

My hope is simply that I am successful and that I learn many lessons along the way.

My worst fear is coming up with my project.  I put A LOT of pressure on myself to come up with ideas that are ground breaking and will change the world of education as we know it.  So far, I’ve got nothing!

Now your turn!

Michelle

Clinical Practice…how do we set ourselves up for success?

Good day JeffCo 11,

During this week’s class we discussed the articles that referenced the 10,000 hours it takes to be a master of ones craft (or not). One thing that came to mind as I was reading the articles was this…what if those 10,000 hours were spent developing the wrong habits? Coming from a baseball background, I kept thinking about a player in the batting cage doing 10,000 swings. Maybe those first 500-1000 swings are just getting used to the weight of the bat and learning some basic mechanics of hitting. These swings may be very cookie cutter and robotic and not have a lot personalized traits to them. As the player starts to develop their own swing (leadership style/calling), they may put in 1000, 2000, 5000 swings in a manner that feels right and comfortable to them only to find out that their swing can’t hit a curve ball (a likely scenario/hardship they will have to mediate has escaped their scrutiny until now). Now how many more swings do they have to make to not only unlearn their previous swing and remove all the bad habits, but to also now develop a new swing that can fix what they were missing previously?

As we start our clinical practice journey I have the following questions:

How can we best design our clinical practice hours to ready us for as many scenarios/situations as possible?

Is there a way we can minimize having to go back and “relearn” or is it an inevitable part of our leadership journey that we have to find our way by making mistakes so that we can learn from those mistakes?

How do we effectively work with our mentors to set up a relationship where it is okay to fail in a low-stakes situation before we have to do it on our own as an administrator?

Leaders to Follow: Dwight Carter

Dwight Carter is a former high school principal in Ohio and the author of Leading Schools in Disruptive Times: How to Survive Hyper-Change and What’s In Your Space? 5 Steps for Better School and Classroom Design. He received NASSP’s Digital Principal Award in 2013!

Let’s keep growing our personal learning networks (PLNs)!

Personal Mission Statements

After reflecting on mission and vision statements on various successful and non-successful organizations, I began to ruminate on what kind of leader I am and where I find myself in the future. These thoughts led me to think about about the importance of having my own personal mission statement.

Having a personal mission statement could help guide us in so many ways, not only as leaders in the world of education. Our personal mission statements could pave the way for how we hold friendships, raise our families, plan our futures, reflect on our past, the possibilities are limitless.

We are all unique and have different beliefs. By developing our own mission statement,  we will then have a foundation and purpose to guide our decisions for our futures.

Consider writing one of our own, you may discover your true self.

Here are a few resources that I found to be helpful:

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Your Own Personal Mission Statement

Brand Yourself With Your Personal Mission Statement

Don’t Find a Job, Find Your Mission: Celeste Headlee

 

School vision and mission statements and moonshot thinking

The Moonshot Thinking video that we watched for class is all about casting away fears and doubts and focusing on possibility. In other words, it’s about getting away from the ‘yes buts’ and instead asking ‘why not?’ and ‘how can we?’ When we do that, we can accomplish great things.

Do our school vision and mission statements reflect this sense of possibility? In her blog post yesterday, May asked how we get beyond the buzzwords and educational jargon when we create these statements. I’m curious how we also make these statements drivers of possibility that energize school communities to move forward in needed directions. Thoughts?

Words To Use or Not to Use?

Last night sparked some great conversation around a school’s mission & vision statement and their relevance to moving the work forward. I personally loved hearing Kristina MacBury talk about beginning each year with revisiting the mission & vision to see if they still align with the beliefs and values of the school. It led me to wonder though, how do we create mission and vision statements that are meaningful, worthy of the day-to-day work, without OVER-utilizing the current buzzwords in education? Perhaps, is it okay that words such as “life-long learner”, “21st century learners”, …etc are alive in many of our mission and vision statements? Might it be a balancing act? Jeffco11, I’d love to hear your thoughts!