I usually have no problem planning professional development for my staff. I know where we’re headed. I find some videos, a few quotes, a couple of group activities. Then I toss them into a PowerPoint or Prezi and there you have it. However, something was different this summer. I sat down at my computer countless times to start planning a back to school professional development session for my teachers. Each time I just sat there. I was unable to come up with something great. I was tired of the usual. I knew my teachers needed more-they deserved more. So, I waited. That’s right, I just waited. I knew that the right idea would come to me. So, I waited some more. The days leading up to August 15th were fading away and the first day back to school for teachers was quickly approaching. I must admit I was getting worried. But then, I figured it out! I was going to force myself into an OS!M. If you’re not sure what that means you can check out Steve Farber's explanation! I was going to prove to my staff that I loved them enough, trusted them enough and believed in them enough to do something that wasn't just "outside of the box" but that couldn't be put in one at all.
I had started my summer by reading Radical Leap Re-Energized and then ended my summer listening to Steve Farber talk about Extreme Leadership. I decided that there’s no better time than now to take the plunge. So this morning, at my staff PD day I forced my OS!M. I didn’t plan a two hour PD; I didn’t plan collaborative activities. Instead I reminded my staff why they really come to school each day-it's because they want to do right by children. They want to change the world. And then, I challenged them to do so. I reminded each and every one of them that a leader is a safety net and that I will be that for them. I showed them a slide outlining Steve Farber’s guidelines for changing the world and told them to get started.
Then, I left. I picked up my things and walked out.
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