April 30, 2008
E-reads for Admin
Name: 1.0 k12 administrator
Infraction: 1.0 ways
What have you tried to improve the behavior? Prescribed involvement with 2.0 tools
Isn’t this sort of how most discipline referrals start? No, seriously I am not making a joke out of discipline referrals, nor am I insinuating that school leaders are not doing a great job, and besides the vast majority of referrals are written by other educators, and not necessarily administrators. My own husband is an assistant principal at a high school, and so I know how crazy a typical day can be. Please hear me out. I’m more than likely going to add to their already full plate, but hopefully they will develop a hunger for this if they will just try it.
Read a few blogs. See what the hoopla is all about. No, administrators do not have to begin with publishing their own, though it may come eventually, but not necessarily. My recommendation is to simply read some. Maybe comment here and there. That would be a fabulous start.
I have recently pushed some local voices and some teacher-librarian voices in my blog. Today I want to push some administrator voices. These are not just any voices mind you, but voices who can attest to the power of forward thinking, student engagement, and learning through the use of 21st century tools–namely, blogs. I have heard (and read) Will Richardson say the embracing of 21st century tools comes when educators jump in and use them. From their experiences using the tools comes the realization that the tools quite possibly could be a catalyst to engaging learners. (See the You Tube video below to hear his exact wording.) The key though is experiencing them yourself first. So here are some administrative authored blogs I read and/or recommend:
Leadertalk (a group blog written by school leaders)
Dave Sherman’s The Principal and Interest
Glenn Moses’ MrMoses.org
Jeannette Johnson’s From the Principal’s Desk
Melinda Miller’s The Principal Blog
Dennis Richards’ Innovation3 (Surprise – a superintendent’s blog!)
Okay this is a good start. Now it will help tremendously IF a reader is used, and I can speak from experience when I say Google-Reader or Bloglines work well. These make this reading happen in one location rather than visiting all of them individually. The reader also has a way to show when there is new content, so no time wasted. Sorry, it’s hard to plug reading blogs without talking about using an RSS reader. But fear not, just jump in and use the tools . Then it will all make sense. The result will be a new and improved school leader if this prescription is followed.
Want to hear Will’s exact words? Watch this video.
Image: ‘3D Team Leadership Arrow Concept‘