1. Madeline Mendon

    I have a question for you. After years of conforming to a disfuctional 2nc grade team and having a nice but status quo principal… We have recently found ourselves with a new, progressive, and can do principal!! She has awakened my reason for teaching and has supported me and reminded me in doing what’s in the best interest for our students, not conforming to “making my team happy,” and allowing them to silence me. Recently my principal has been gently nudging me to help her share the “exciting things that are going on in my room” with my team and other teachers. Tara Martin has shared a bit about the culture educators can create with downplaying anyone who is letting their light shine and you’ve hit on this in this article. I’m experiencing that as well. I consider myself an approachable, friendly person and bc of people like you, Tara and my principal I’m learning to give myself permission to let my light shine, go for it bc I see the huge value and my kids deserve it! You mentioned YP… how much do I push & what have you seen work?? I want to support my principal and all our students, be a team player and not too much of an island?? Thank you!!

    • George

      I hope I am interpreting your question correctly, so here is my thought. It is essential to create a culture where we always highlight the great work happening, not necessarily just a few people. No one should ever dim their light because of the fear of others being threatened that it makes them look worse. I appreciate that you want to help shine the light on your boss as too often people are scared to do this, but when you highlight leaders that make a difference in school culture, it reminds the people that hire new administrators in the future how important that role is for the culture of the school.

      I hope that I helped but not sure if that made much sense!

  2. Hey Pal,

    You wrote:

    I shared that if you do not look back at the beginning of your career with a little bit of embarrassment, you should be concerned that you haven’t grown

    I’m running with this! I’m going to fish through my blog in the new year for posts that I’m embarrassed to have written and then I’m going to share them in my own version of a “Top Posts of 2017” list.

    As I was working on that graphic novel post, I stumbled across some bits about grading that really rubbed me the wrong way. I also know that my thinking around equity for students who live in poverty and discipline have come a long way in the last several years.

    If I can find things I wrote a decade ago and compare them to things I’ve written more recently, that growth will be completely evident.

    And there’s another reason that we should invest the time into blogging!

    Learning portfolios, right?

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