Every so often, like going to the dentist for a cleaning, school leaders need to check on the plaque line of their building. I know, gross metaphor, but hold with me. Ever so gradually and definitely with subtly, an erosion of morale and confidence a staff has for their work creeps up into the gums and starts to eat away at the productive, work of teaching children. And we lose a sense of what really matters. If, as building leaders, we don't take the time to do some serious, down and dirty check up and maintenance of our vision and mission for the work of our building we are doomed to decay, just like so many rotting molars.
Last week we worked with a local consultant who guided us through the process of checking up on our core beliefs, vision and mission for our middle school staff, students, and community. Before we got started on the messy but glorious vision and mission work, we had some popcorn and clementines while mulling over the hashtag = #WHYITEACH. The great folks at @Teacher2Teacher have created an excellent #WhyITeach toolkit that includes tweet bubbles, hashtags, posters, and promotional material to share your reflections via social media. This toolkit has everything needed to encourage colleagues to take a moment out of the day to reflect on why we got into this crazy, but always rewarding profession and share it out with their community. It was a very quick (took me about 10 minutes to print and set up), inspiring way to start our afternoon and generated loads of discussion about using twitter to build up that PLN! We had a blast taking pictures and sharing our love for learning! Take a few minutes to refresh your vision and encourage your staff to tell the important story of the work of your school.
Thanks @Teacher2Teacher for this free resource!
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