In my world, and in many of yours too, a new beginning dawns in August and September as we send our the youngest members of our community back to their learning environments to grow as thinkers, creators, and learners. If you are one of those who get the chance to engage them in their growth, I hope you will REACH with your leadership.
Real. Be You. Their fake meter is strong (even the little ones) and can read right through you. Also, you don't have to sugar coat anything. If it's great, celebrate. If it isn't, they need to hear that too. It can be constructive, but it has to be real. They will thank you later.
Excited. If you aren't, they won't ever be. Not the rah rah we have to be excited crap....authentic excitement about the opportunity to change a life for the better. Isn't that why you got in it?? It wasn't for how well you teach someone to fill in the bubble....or at least I hope not!
Accountable. Every word and action is important. In and out of the classroom. People send their most prized possessions to you. You have a responsibility academically but more importantly for their well being.
Change. Change them. Not manipulate. Not force. Change their thinking. Change their perspective. Change their world. Oh, and it's OK to let them change you. You will be better for it.
Hope. We need it...all of us. Without it, what can we do? With it, what can't we do!! Rich, poor, educated, extrovert, introvert...EVERYONE. Offer hope for their success.
Students you can do this too....if we do it together, who knows how far we could REACH!!
Thanks for stopping by. These are musings on how I see leadership in the world and how I continue to try and grow through my lens.