What one word captures your work, your learning, your focus for 2014? After all is said and done, what one word synthesizes your thinking of the past 12 months? What one word caught your attention and distracted you every time you heard it?
One Word Reflection
2014 is the year I worked on my Principal Qualifying Program part 1 and 2 courses. Predictably, we were asked to list our top beliefs that would guide us in our leadership. EQUITY emerged as #2 on my list (#1 being honesty and #3 being collaboration). Equity for students, for families, for all staff is desirable, of course, but it’s not always easy to attain. Everyone has ideas about what should happen in a school–from access to technology to class room resources to experiential learning opportunities–and many can make very convincing arguments as to why their ideas should be put into action. And many still confuse an idea of fairness with that of equity. But with a strong conviction around student learning, I think that true equity can be attained and maintained.
New field trip idea?
You want to teach a ______course?
You think we should spend money on_________?
Tell me how it’s best for students?
One Word Focus for 2015
So a lot of great words have been chosen for 2015….
@Glennr1809 has a few: balance, serving, network, vision, network. Check it out here.
@avivaloca chose being uncomfortable. Check it out here.
@Dunlop_Sue chose change. Check it out here.
@fryed chose courage. Check it out here.
My word is INNOVATE. But this choice has little to do with technology directly and more to do with thinking about using the curriculum in innovative ways. I want to challenge my understanding, my perspectives, my biases about the curriculum. What does it mean to construct meaning? Communicate meaning? What about to generate, gather, and organize ideas and information? What changes, if anything, when literacies include digital literacies? How might English as a discipline need to be reconsidered?
I am thinking that I will post about this work, but better I will tweet out what INNOVATION looks like more regularly with #oneword15
UPDATE!!! There is some desire to create a Word Cloud of Ontario Educators’ one words. Tweet out your one word for 2015 to #onewordONT.
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