Reflections on Readings

As I have read and researched, I keep asking myself where I fit into this change process as we work to reinvent our educational goals. I am fairly new to my position as an instructional technology facilitator and am still defining myself as a leader- to myself, my department, and to the staff at the schools I serve. Before I can be a leader in this change process, I need to be confident that I have an understanding of what is necessary for change to occur and be sustainable. I definitely have a lot more to learn. I considered some of my strengths and weaknesses in relation to my personal 4Cs.

Competency:

  • I am competent with technology tools and some of the curriculum expectations in K-5.
  • For the curriculum knowledge I don’t have, I am willing to learn new things. I know how to find information that I need.
  • I have an understanding of the need to use instructional technology effectively.
  • I understand that teachers have different competency levels in relation to effective tech use.
  • I work to be sure lessons I model include rigor, relevancy, and relationship to other content areas.
  • I am still learning my job and have limitations in solving hardware/software issues that occur when modeling lessons or PD.
  • I sometimes lack confidence in my leadership ability.

Culture:

  • I am positive. When teachers say they “hate technology” I don’t take it personally and work to give them positive reasons why effective technology integration is needed for our students.
  • I respect the work that teachers do and have a desire to support them.
  • I don’t like conflict and sometimes “sidestep” issues I see to avoid it. (When I see lessons that have no rigor or relevance.)
  • I am working diligently to build relationships with the staff at the schools I serve.

Conditions:

  • I feel helpless in relation to conditions at the school. Teachers are so busy and giving them more planning time or smaller class sizes is beyond my control. I find myself working hard to not encroach on their planning times and if they don’t show up for afterschool PD opportunities, I make excuses for them even though I see the importance of learning.

Context:

  • I understand that students come from different backgrounds and yet they are all going to the same place: the 21st century workforce.
  • I am willing to work with parents and community members, as well as the staff and students to improve student achievement.

Other reflections:

  • The visuals and case studies that are presented in Change Leadership are very helpful to me in understanding the change process.
  • Culture is so important but is very dependent on conditions.
  • I usually see change “come down” as directives instead of an opportunity for discussion.
  • We gather lots data and do nothing with it.
  • I hear a great deal of talk about “my students.” We need to consider “our students” across the district. I think pay based on test scores has a negative impact and thus creates a competitive nature between teachers instead of one of collaboration.
  • Learning walks are a great idea. I am hoping to get the schools I serve to participate in these at their school and to visit other schools as well.
  • Without trust- change will not happen.  However, trust is something that is earned and evidence is needed to trust and be trusted.
  • The materials display that was mentioned in the Change Game could be a “game changer.” I am planning on getting some information together about effect instructional technology and also include some student work. Hope to make it available to parents/community/students/staff.
  • Almost every meeting I attend is primarily a list of announcements. There is little discussion, collaboration, or problem solving. I can change my PD sessions to make them more interactive and encourage collaborations. I need to ask more questions.
  • Change is a process, a journey- not a destination. When changes occur, whether the impact is positive or negative, constant reevaluation is needed.
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One thought on “Reflections on Readings

  1. Excellent post, Donna. Very thorough and well thought out. I’m glad you were able to break it down in a way that makes sense to you. Whole system change is very complex, for sure, but being able to identify some of the various parts and pieces, and how they interact, definitely helps. Nice work.

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