As Erin and I stated in our 1st blog post, Staying Curious for Each Other, we want to take this space to stay curious and learn from the great educators around us. So as we open ourselves up for new learning it is amazing how quickly it comes at us.
As Tony Schwartz so eloquently said, “Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.”
In keeping that openness and curiosity I am inundated with what I am learning everyday. Here’s what I learned today:
Putting absolutes on teachers can be stifling.
No kidding, right? However, how many times do we do that to teachers? I was sitting with a teacher today and we were talking about her goals she is working on for the year. I asked the teachers to identify a professional resource they want to use throughout the year to support their goal and their growth. She said “Ugh, I don’t want to read a book about data or another book on how to improve reading!” But then she saw a link I provided in the Weekly News that lead her to The Top 50 Books For Teachers. As she perused the list she found multiple books that grabbed her attention and that she was interested in reading this year. She finally settled on one about mindfulness and is excited to get started on it this year.
As leaders, we need to remember to meet teachers where they are. Find out what they value and encourage their learning to branch off of what they are passionate about. We celebrate diversity in our classrooms, let’s celebrate diversity among our staff.
Staying curious helped me see this lesson that was right in front of me. Where is your curiosity leading you?