I find myself in a constant state of reflection.
I’m not satisfied with myself as an instructional leader. I don’t spend as much time in classrooms as I’d like. I’m not satisfied with my communication with parents and students. I want to find a way to connect with them on a more personal level. I’m not satisfied with the feedback I provide teachers. I wish I had more time in my day to sit with teachers and discuss their needs as professionals. I’m not satisfied with the way we utilize technology. I want my teachers to have easy access to technology tools for all of their students and more time to plan new ways to use the technology we do have. I’m not satisfied with the professional development opportunities that I provide for my staff. I’m just NOT satisfied. My list of dissatisfaction could go on and on. To say the least, I’m dissatisfied and I’m pretty happy about it.
That’s right! I love being dissatisfied. It means that I’m growing. It means that I’m not willing to accept the status quo. Being dissatisfied means that I’m questioning, revising, refining, and reflecting. It means that I’m uncomfortable and being uncomfortable means that I’m learning and changing.
As I embark on this new school year, I hope I uncover many more things to make me dissatisfied. And, I hope my teachers and students are dissatisfied, too. I hope we continue to strive for more. I hope we push ourselves to do things we never thought we could.
May we all be dissatisfied and may we all be driven enough to do something about it.