September 3, 2012
It is the day before the start of the new school year. Also, it is the only night in the entire year that I will not get a good sleep. Not because of any worry or stress, but excitement! Tomorrow, 230 students will be coming to school and I am sure they will be excited too. Excited to see friends, but also excited to learn. What is also incredible, the staff is “pumped.” For many years we have been in a status quo gear. We have always been willing to tweak to improve, but either unwilling to make a big change or not feeling supported to try. I am thinking it is a bit of both. Now, with an attitude of fail forward, I am seeing teachers and support staff willing to try new things, to take risks. Some of the risks are small, but some are a lot larger.
Another great change is the willingness of our teachers to work together. Teachers have always been resourceful, but no longer do I see the desire for teachers to do it by themselves. It has been replaced by a desire to collaborate. Our students and our staff will benefit from this change.
Within our school division, we have been challenged to take some action in transforming education; one student/staff, one classroom, one course, one school at a time. I am glad to see teachers taking the challenge seriously. Schools have always been an exciting place, but what will be more rewarding is to see learning made exciting.
Have a blessed and terrific 2012-13 school year,
Great post, Greg. I love the feeling of hope and enthusiasm in your words. You are definitely leading by example. May God bless you and your staff with a year to remember.