What's in Your Invisible Backpack
We all have baggage. Some more than others. I'd like to think we can share our loads and learn from each other. Everyone in education has something to say and it's important that we listen and hear it! 

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You know those people who say "Can I just be the Devil's advocate." ?  I love it when teachers say that. I love when they speak their mind and give their opinions. If they sit silently and don't let us know when there are concerns, we blindly go forward. I am not naive to the fact that I get excited and then act immediately. Sometimes the action happens too quickly. I have learned, over time, to be more thoughtful and more careful in my research.  Having colleagues that bring us back to reality with a quick question is sometimes all we need to center us; give us the focus we need to really accomplish our goals.  We all have different opinions about our techniques in the classrooms. We all have different ideas about the changes happening in education. This is what keeps us similar - our differences. Looking at a problem from a different angle, through a different lens, and with a creative solution in sight is something we must continue to do to move forward in our growth.  Asking for new ideas, new opinions, and listening to the response and hear the answers.  Working with people who respectfully challenge me to think outside my box ensures me the opportunity to learn every day. I am lucky this is my reality. Let's get back to it. 
Posted by angelagreen  On Aug 13, 2018 at 2:01 PM
"If Mrs. Knight is the Queen, then are you the Princess?" it was probably the best question I had the first year I was in admin. It came out of the mouth of a kindergartner and she was as serious as anything. I was also asked if I was the "step principal" as well. I think I like Princess better.  I didn't become an administrator to get a fancy title. Titles don't mean much. As a teacher, we need to remember what it was like to be a student. We need to remember the kids that sat next to us, the things they liked, the things they didn't. We often look back at what moved us, what we loved, what we hated. As leaders, we need to remember what we loved about the classroom. I guarantee, if you are thinking about it right this minute, you are thinking about kids. You are picturing the faces of boys and girls, young men and women, who changed your life forever. The paperwork, the assessments, the stress are there. I understand that, but when you think about it . . . really think about it. You remember the kids!  That first year, I enjoyed the questions. I enjoyed the newness of the K-3 experience. The sheer idea that someone would think of our school as a kingdom and we, the Queen and Princess, was pretty fantastic.  I read recently in Culturize, by Jimmy Casas - "Harold, you don't need to wear a patch on your arm to have honor," He was quoting A Few Good Men. He was discussing the idea that we don't need to have leadership titles to be a leader. I agree, however, leaders need support. Student leaders, teacher leaders, leaders; we all need affirmation. I think it's human nature to need the positive reinforcement. Look past the titles, see the person. Think back on those students, teachers, leaders.  What was it about them that spoke to you? How did they support you to get better? 
Posted by angelagreen  On Aug 07, 2018 at 4:26 PM
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