This past spring, I asked if I could change my focus in the district where I work. For 14 years I served as the instructional tech coordinator. I wanted to emphasize instruction more, regardless whether tech was involved. I was glad to find the district administrators were open to the change.
So as I've been planning instructional coaching meetings with individuals, this question came to mind: What would be amazing?
I have spent most of my career with "doing something amazing" as my end goal. But I learned that everyone in education has slightly to drastically different ideas of what "amazing" would look like.
What are some things that would happen in your district that would catch your attention as amazing? What would happen in your classroom that would make you say, "Wow"? What could your students do that would be labeled amazing?
I want to start conversations with that question. I want to learn if those amazing things they tell me would be done by the teacher I'm meeting with, by their principals, or by the students. Would other people think they're amazing? Would I think they're amazing?
Whatever the answer is, it won't be as important as what it reveals. Such an answer speaks volumes about things like:
- What does quality work look like?
- Who's responsible to make amazing things happen?
- Who has to (or we think has to) do their part before we will move to do ours?
- What really matters in the job we do every day?