Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

Here is a top infographic about Leadership and the impact and effectiveness of different types.

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As I watched this TED Talk I thought that maybe it should be called ‘Leading by Believing’.  This is a great talk about the way Simon Sinek has explored and defined a theory for why great leaders inspire.  He cleverly links his ideas to contemporary marketting practise, historic leaders and the potential of the future.  I feel his quote,”People don’t buy what you do.  They buy what you believe” leads to rich range of possibilities for those that embrace it.

What does collaboration mean to you? This is a question that I have spent a few weeks contemplating. The reason for this started with a statement that a colleague made several weeks ago and has continued with reading some very interesting blog postings on similar topics. The statement started this though was by far the most profound. It occurred at the conclusion of a long day of working with a project team developing new resources for the assistance of other educators and was:

I wish some teachers within my school could have witnessed the work we did today to understand the difference between collaboration and sharing. We truly collaborated…”

As you can imagine this sparked a great conversation between us as we walked to the station to get our trains home.

The above event occurred about 5 weeks ago and since then I have continually found myself reflecting upon our experience as well as of how I have worked in teams or as a colleague or mentor to others in the past. One of the statistics I have read a few times since is that under the guise of working on collaborative projects only about 5% actually collaborate. The other 95% divide the work (sharing), converse about it, distribute content or just wish to trade tips and tricks to complete things quickly.

Where does this take us though? I propose that with the future developments of the National Curriculum and the inclusion of the General Capabilities and Teaching Standards we should all work on our skills to collaborate. The future of education may bring great things to those that are willing to truly collaborate and not just trade.

 

I have used yLead many times to organise and run different pastoral care and pastoral education workshops. These have ranged from Student Leadership Development Days to sessions exploring school and school section transition. I have always found the team to be willing to develop fully customised workshops and easy to work with on ideas that potentially encompass several years.

I found the clips linked to this site very interesting to watch and reflect upon.  As quoted from the site:

‘The Clip Reel, including 22 minutes of film clips selected from THE PRINCIPAL STORY, aims to assist practitioners and their trainers and mentors in reflecting upon and improving leadership practice. The Clip Reel organizes scenes from the film according to four key themes related to the central role of the principal in improving teaching and learning: Stewardship of a Vision, Leading Instructional Improvement, Creating the Instructional Environment and Holding People Accountable.

This organization of scenes enhances the use of the two principals’ stories in academic and district settings. For example, the clips could be used by principal training programs and universities as a classroom discussion tool; by principal mentors or staff developers to generate discussion about strategies to improve teacher performance and student outcomes; and by superintendents to develop school improvement plans or to model effective practice as instructional leaders.’

The Principal Story – (LINK)

This morning as I was drinking my morning coffee and watching the day wake up I thought I’d start a series of relection posts.  This post is obviously the first or an as-yet undetermined number of thoughts that will range from pedagogy, to practice, to leadership and management and anything else in between.  This first one is written in response to an article by Boyd (reference to come).  Hope you enjoy the posts.

Pursuing efficiency in the name of effectiveness, quality or whatever it is that you long for.

 As I prepare to write this reflection I find myself thinking of the philosophical concepts asked in the question ‘do you agree that efficiency and effectiveness are not mutually exclusive?’  In my mind this can be likened to the debate about perfection between Aristotle and Plato, one side for the ethereal and the other for the physical.  Effectiveness and Efficiency are the same.  Effectiveness is the ethereal element whilst efficiency is a physical measure of it. 

 I believe that though they are inter-reliant, their differences need to be recognised.  Effectiveness is a concept that is unmeasurable.  To better understand this I’ll define effective as the production of a desired outcome, yet the degree to which the outcome is reached or produced is hard to measure.  Efficiency on the other hand is easily measured as it is the way to produce an outcome that requires the least resources.  Where I ground my argument is in the space that the most efficient way to produce an effective outcome does not always produce the outcome with the greatest effectiveness.  As argued throughout the article by Boyd, this is where the measure of the efficiency of education and educational processes does not necessitate the greatest quality outcome. 

 I also believe that a high-order, quality educator does not function as an educational practitioner using consistent, linear practice in their teaching/learning space.  There are elements of connectivity with students that are learnt, not taught.  The concept of academic care, rapport, respect, pastoral care etc…  To make education efficient, as an absolute, would risk the removal of the use of these facets of educational practices.

Article: Boyd, W.L. (2004). Are education and Efficiency antithetical? Education for democracy vs the ‘cult for efficiency’. Journal of Educational Administration, 42(2), 160-173

Here is a short interview with an educator about using Twitter as a tool to assist the development of a Professional Learning Network (PLN), as an educational tool and as a means to promote the sharing and transfering of info with others of like interest.
The clip is called: #140conf Interview #25 w/ @nmhs_principal and is worth consideration when trying to promote Twitter at PD days and to other colleagues.

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