Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Week Three Reading - The Art of Possibilities 5-8
Chapter 5 - Leading From Any Chair.
Before becoming a teacher, I was in retail management, and a very smart mentor told me 'your job is to make everyone else successful." If I gave each employee a stake in the decisions, listened to their suggestions, and made sure they had the resources they needed, the employees really took ownership of the tasks at hand. I found my success came from everyone else's success. I find this to be true in teaching, too.
In chapter 5 of The Art of Possibilities, the authors make the same supposition about passing on the leadership. If everyone has input and a stake in the outcome, the results can be astounding.
I believe that daily I try to not to 'cram' lessons into my students, but try to make leaders out of each one of them. It doesn't always work, but I am always amazed and excited when the students can take ownership and become the teachers.