In the past while, I’ve been struggling with the notion that we need those adult champions to support each, whole child at the same time that we are in a time of some amazing ‘experimental’ work being done by disruptive deviants. As we navigate through some exciting work done by some amazing educators around assessment, reporting, and instructional practices, it is important to remember that at the centre of our roles is to support all our students.
Does the time required to work through flipping your classroom, creating opportunities for students to have voice and choice, reporting authentic work and progress impede the work needed to support our students with mental wellness, self regulation, and social emotional learning?
As our ‘roles’ become more and more crowded with new responsibilities placed on educators around the whole child/whole family/whole community and the pressure to maintain ‘standards’ with high stakes testing, administrators must ensure that our teachers and staff are supported and the obstacles are removed, allowing that amazing space where students are engaged in their own learning.
I believe that all teachers can take the lead in either the disruptive deviant role or the adult champion at many moments in the classroom. These roles are fluid throughout the year and the support from the school team is necessary to create the best improvements for our schools.
The difficulty for me, though, is where to find these disruptive deviants and adult champions in my school. I visit as many classrooms as I can, but some of my responsibilities take the time away from spending classrooms with teachers and students.
As I spend Spring Break away from the school (for the first time in many years, I am not going to ASCD15), I believe I will need to take the advice that during the school day (when students and staff are around) I should try to avoid the paper work in my office that can be done in the morning before school or afternoons. This should give me the opportunity to see what amazing things are going on in my school.