Thursday, February 23, 2012
I think you all know by now how I feel about this chapter. We just touched the beginning of it on Tuesday morning - talking about the 5 Principles. As we talked about Culture and management at the DC meeting - I just reread this sentence which I wanted to share, it is an overview of Chapter 5: "Chapter's 5,6,and 7 focus on building classroom culture - making your room, a place where students work hard, behave, model strong character, and do their best." I can't imagine anyone at NMS or any other school not wanting those exact things to take place in their classrooms. The 5 principles are not techniques, but I think it will be great when we all have the same vocabulary to talk about what we are trying to accomplish in the classrooms. I am so excited for next year, to see how we can stop the death spiral from occurring! I am so very optimistic about where NMS is going! I have great faith in all of you, that you DC's will be able to lead your departments to joining in the enthusiasm for learning as we work to make NMS a most wonderful place in each and every classroom. You are going to be the leaders that make this happen! As we move forward in our quest for strong culture - let's work on simultaneously creating a culture of feedback. I want to work in a place where everyone is comfortable giving feedback, and even more importantly receiving feedback, myself included. It is the receiving that is harder! Lol!!! On Friday, March 2, we will work together to create a plan to make that happen!