Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity
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Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
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Life of an Educator: 10 things I want all new teachers to know...

Life of an Educator: 10 things I want all new teachers to know... | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

So here is my list of what I want all new teachers to know:


1) - It's Ok to look and feel like this. If being scared wasn't supposed to happen from time to time, then we wouldn't be human. Don't be afraid of what you don't know and aren't sure about. Take everything in stride and accept that you are going to make mistakes. The key is making sure you learn from those mistakes.

2) - Find time during your off period to go observe other classrooms in your building. Even if the content and/or age group are different, there is still a lot you can learn via simple observation. If possible, see if that teacher would be willing to sit and talk with you about what you saw in their classroom. Even better, invite them to observe your classroom and get feedback/input on what they saw in your classroom.

3) - Focus on building relationships with your students from day one. Don't worry about your content at first, you most likely just spent the last four years of your life learning about it. Spend the first few weeks learning about the lives of the students you have in front of you. The more you learn about your students the more they will learn about your content.

4) - Don't worry about discipline and punishing kids; worry about how to provide strong instruction and an engaging classroom environment. This is basically being proactive rather than reactive. A classroom that is engaging with strong instructional practices is a classroom with few discipline problems.

5) - Learn the names and show the utmost respect to every administrative assistant, custodial/maintenance and food service employee in your building. They will help you more than you could ever imagine... trust me on this.

6) - Don't be afraid to speak up and share an idea. You most likely weren't hired because you were the worst candidate, so at some point in time somebody saw something great about you. You bring a new perspective and a fresh set of lenses to the table, so be sure to share your thoughts and insights in a collaborative and collegial manner.

7) - Don't try to do everything on your own. Don't simply shut your door and teach. Work with those who have more experience and know the system. Find a few people whom you can trust, and lean on them.

8) - Be careful of the teacher's lounge and watch out for 'that group.' The teacher's lounge can be the type of environment that just beats you down and makes you feel like the world is a terrible place. This is not always the case, but be aware that these black holes do exist from time to time. Also, every school has 'the group.' You might not notice the group at first because they are always looking for new members (specifically new teachers). Try to avoid this group at all costs.

9) - Having fun on the weekends is all good and is frankly healthy, but be sure to keep your image clean and professional. More employees get in trouble for the silly and not so smart things they do online than for most other reasons. Be safe and have a healthy career/life balance, but don't feel the need to take a picture of every second and then share those pictures with the world.

10) - Get connected and follow the #ntchat hashtag. There is whole world full of resources and information out there, so don't feel limited to just the colleagues in your hallway, in your school and in your district. Reach out and take control of your own learning and development.

What would you add to this list?

Via Sharrock
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

It is not just new teachers who benefit from building relationships with students, colleagues, and people outside their work.

Sharrock's curator insight, July 28, 2014 1:06 AM

Much of this is the same advice I had received many years ago preparing to become a new teacher (in an education program).

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Daniel Kahneman - Interview Transcript

Daniel Kahneman - Interview Transcript | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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 try not to get trapped in uninteresting problems just because you began them. So one of the important things to have in science is to avoid the sunk cost fallacy, just to keep going with something just because you began it and have made an investment. So the ability to just make a quick turn when you’ve had an idea that looks better and drop everything else and follow the best idea that you have at the moment, that is certainly one of the thing that I think worked for me and I think it may work for other people as well.

Via Sharrock
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

It is interesting that the they wanted to be philosophers.

Sharrock's curator insight, January 28, 2014 8:11 PM

advice was echoed by Vernon Smith: Yes, I would echo that. Don’t follow the path of least resistance.  Be prepared to break the informal rules. You have to of course live in your environment and so there’s a limit to how far you can go in breaking the rules. I was interested in experimental economics long before I could really make a living at it so I did other things and I didn’t get tenure doing experimental economics, I got it doing other things but I returned to experimental economics and one of the problems can be that in getting tenure you develop all these bad habits and then you can’t get out of doing the bad habits, which is doing what’s easy, you know, following your sunk cost and doing trivial kind of extensions of that. 

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Don't Be An Asshole: Gestalt of Coaching Entrepreneurs & Startups - CrowdFunde

Don't Be An Asshole: Gestalt of Coaching Entrepreneurs & Startups - CrowdFunde | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

James Avery's sudden & bad realization - he was an asshole. He was giving advice the wrong way. Learn how he stopped giving bad advice to startups. 

Great advice here from Adzerk CEO for personal branding too.  

Via Martin (Marty) Smith
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

The article reminded of the way school jurisdictions have used "cognitive coaching." It has been about giving advice rather than listening to teachers tell their stories and finding the path themselves.

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