Leadership

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It is safe to say most people want to be a leader in their professional community.  We read all different types of books about what makes a great leader.  One of the key characteristics  that make up a good leader is to  be able to work in different types of situations.  Another characteristic most books agree on is to be able  to hold conversations with our colleagues and work out issues or share ideas in a safe environment.  Although these are great tips to keep in mind, they do not go into detail as to how to make those conversations.  In order for us to be a great leader and make a change in our professional community, we must be able to have meaningful, honest conversations with our colleagues.  Throughout my process of learning how to become a great leader, my graduate professor, asked us to read Crucial Conversations: tools for talking when stakes are high.  

 

Change is a big step for everyone.  Not only will my colleagues be wary of change, but parents and students as well.  It will be vital for me to be able to communicate the heart, the why, I want there to be a change in our classrooms.  Having those conversations where everyone can be honest about what this innovation plan, flipped classroom with station rotation, will entail is the first step.  This is vital change in instruction, that will make the classroom more catered to the individual student.  Having a flipped classroom with station rotation will an environment where students will become self-learners and where students will take ownership of the learning

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After we are all on the same page and  focused on what the reason behind the innovation plan, I will need to be able to share what the vital behaviors and use the 6 sources of influence to make sure that they know what this innovation plan is not going to be.  The real skills that are being taught in Crucial Conversations is going to come useful with the 4DX (4 Disciplines of Execution) Strategy/Plan.  When I introduce the 4DX, I will be on the lookout for  cues when conversations may turn for the worse.  I want to make a safe comfortable environment where students can feel safe voicing their opinions.  We are all familiar with this where we are afraid to say what is on our mind so we do not come across as not willing to participate change.  I do not want my colleagues to feel that way.  In order for to have a successful change, teachers, students, parents need to be able to have meaningful conversations.  We all need to be able to explore our thoughts and voice them.  They will also be able to contribute to the implementation of the innovation plan.  
Anyone can be a leader, but to be a great leader takes someone who is able to take a crucial conversation and be able to put everyone be at ease.  A great leader is able to make sure everyone’s voices are heard and make them feel like a crucial aspect in the innovation plan.  I plan on shaping my conversations to include everyone and listen to their opinions to become the great leader necessary to make the innovation plan a success.

 

References

Grenny, J., Patterson, K., Maxfield, D., McMillan, R., & Switzler, A. (2013). Influencer: The

         new science of leading change: 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

McChesney, C., Covey, S., & Huling, J. (2012). The 4 disciplines of execution: Achievingyour

         wildly important goals. New York, NY: Free Press.

Patterson, K.,  Grenny, J.,  McMillan, R. & Switzler, A. (2012). Crucial conversations: Tools

         for talking when stakes are high, second edition. McGraw-Hill.

4DX Strategy for Change

When I started thinking about making a change in my classroom, I never considered making a change with my colleagues as well.  I always wanted to be a digital learning leader, but I initially thought about making the change myself and then getting my colleagues to join me in my innovation plan.  I thought about doing it first because I have not encountered any other teachers in my district who have implemented a flipped classroom.  So before I use the 6 Sources of Influence and the 4DX (4 Disciplines of Execution) Strategy, I will implement my innovation plan in my classroom first, then in the second year I will use the Influencer Model and 4DX to get my colleagues on board.

 

Making any type of change always comes with challenges especially if it is an introduction of an entirely new concept.  In the education field, teachers are asked to make changes constantly, but they are not given examples of how the change should be implemented.  Teachers are given the why and examples, but that can only do so much.  Teachers are never given the how to or the chance to experience how to implement the change. The Influencer model and the 4DX go hand in hand.  When I complete the first year of my implementation, I will be able to use the Influencer model as the hook for my colleagues.  They will be able to understand the importance, the “Why,”, it is vital to create flipped classrooms with station rotations.  After getting them interested, I will be able to use the 4DX Strategy.  The 4DX Strategy is where the implementation takes place.  The 4DX is where the goal, WIG (Wildly Important Goal), what measures need to be taken, how it is going to be shown, and accountability is specified.  

 

I have created a 4DX strategy plan along with the stages of change that I will use to implement the flipped classroom with station rotation among my colleagues.

 

Stages of Change

Stage 1: Getting Clear

Stage 1 requires me to  meet with the teachers who are going to implement the flipped classroom with station rotation.  We will discuss what the 4DX strategy is and discuss if  any changes need to be made.  We will decide what day would be best for our weekly meetings.  I’d also like to establish  that we must all be held accountable and hold each other accountable.

 

Stage 2: Launch

This is where we are going to kick off the innovation plan.  We will hold a meeting to make sure everyone is on the same page, and  everyone has what they need to start.  I plan on reassuring  my colleagues  that I will be there if they need any help.  I will let them know that we are here to support each other and help each other when needed.

 

Stage 3: Adoption

This is where we will start seeing what our sweat and tears are being poured into.  I must make sure to refer back to the influencer model, so teachers can remember the reason we are creating flipped classroom with station rotation classrooms.  At this point, teachers will begin seeing that the adoption of the 4DX is having a great impact with student’s growth and how they are having more time to have more individualized teaching.

 

Stage 4: Optimization

This stage is where we see if there needs to be any changes in our 4DX strategy. Teachers will become more active participants and encourage others to create flipped classrooms with station rotations.  Teachers are having a much easier time collaborating with one another and letting teachers go into their classrooms to observe how they are implementing the flipped classroom with station rotations. Ideally, teachers will actively pursue and attend professional developments.

 

Stage 5: Habits

At the end of this process of having a flipped classroom with station rotation,  it will become second nature to the teachers.  The big WIG will be accomplished because the rest of the faculty would have seen the impact of the flipped classroom with station rotation had on teachers and students.

 

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Flipped Classroom with Station Rotation Influencer

In the education world we are always looking to find the new innovative way to change out student’s educational world.  We try to make sure that teachers are up to date with the new strategies.  Over time, technology has become a big part of the innovative change, but in schools they are still behind.  Many teachers and administrators fear technology in the classroom.  Some view it as a waste of time.  They are stuck with their view of having lecture instruction as the only way for students to pass the state assessment (STAAR).  When it was time to make a change in my classroom and school, my mind went directly to technology.  Technology is a great tool to help students grow into independent learners and innovators.  Knowing that there was going to be a lot of resistance from my fellow colleagues, I had to come up with a way to influence them to take a leap and follow in my innovation plan.

 

After reading the book, Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change, I was able to come up with vital behaviors and 6 Source of Influence to ensure that my fellow colleagues will take a leap and become innovators alongside of me.

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Reference

Grenny, J., Patterson, K., Maxfield, D., McMillan, R., & Switzler, A. (2013). Influencer:

The new science of leading change: 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.