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Finding Your Strength Zone

It’s been so long since I last wrote a blog that I actually forgot the password to this site (it’s “Frodo” in case you’re wondering). I’ve experienced so many great things within my profession recently, and every time I think about writing a post, something else comes up. However, this week, a theme has been resonating in so many conversations I’ve had and articles I’ve read, I had to write about it. The theme is “finding your strength zone”. In the “Maxwell Daily Reader”, John Maxwell discusses this very thing. He uses an example of a basketball team where all of the first string players are switched to positions they don’t normally play and are forced to face the second string players. The first string gets pummeled. The idea here is that although you might be an amazing Center, you’re probably a lousy Point Guard. Imagine Bill Laimbeer playing Isiah Thomas’s position. Not very successful.

So this is what I’ve been thinking about over the past several days: playing to one’s strengths. We all have them, but do we get to utilize these strengths as often as possible? What can we be doing to make sure that they’re present more often? Maybe it’s implementing a new project within your building where you’d be able to offer others assistance. It could be trying out a new teaching method in the classroom.

Whatever your strengths are, how can you use them more in your daily routine?

Lots of questions, I know! I’d love to hear your comments.

Promoting Teacher Leadership By Doing

After planning with some amazing educators, tonight was the very first Galileo Leader’s #800voices chat in an attempt to offer a way to reclaim the agenda (are you listening, Lansing?). Around 20+ leaders from around the country (we had some peeps from Alabama and Rhode Island…woo hoo!!!) shared and participated in a conversation that surrounded promoting Teacher Leadership. To me, tonight’s conversation itself was a perfect example of what being a teacher leader is all about: learning and growing from one another. In just an hour’s time, a large group of people reflected on what it means to be a teacher leader, how one can promote others to lead, and there was a wonderful outpour of examples as to how they have chosen to lead in their district. It seemed that there was a common theme of the night: passion and life-long learning.

Every story that was shared (you can find the storify of the chat here), a true passion rang from each person. One of the coolest stories of “leading where you stand” came from Kristen Berry, whose class of 136 7th graders collectively read 4,283 books this year! Now that’s an #eduwin! 

What I learned from this evening’s #800voices conversation is that in order to lead, one must continue to see purpose and be inspired. Speaking and working with these amazing teachers continues to inspire me on a daily basis. They make me want to continue to work harder even when times are tough, and they certainly make me want to share my story. This, folks, is how we begin to reclaim the agenda.