21 October, 2013
In this post, I will share the course notes from session 1, discuss my coaching session 1 and my second piece of homework.
Here are the notes from session 1 of the course.
Having had my first coaching meeting as part of my middle leadership course, I identified my target from the middle leadership standards and practices.
The area I decided to focus on was 3.2.4 which says:
Middle leaders evaluate the impact of professional learning on teachers‟ practice and understanding, in relation to outcomes for learners
work with the team to critically reflect on individual and collective professional learning;
plan and evaluate professional learning provision directly on its intended impact on learning, within their areas of responsibility.
What I took this to mean for my project area of developing digital leaders throughout the school was getting people across the school to ‘buy into’ the digital leaders more. i.e the ‘Professional Learning’ is the digital leaders project, which I learned of from Naace Conference 2012, and I would use this to reflect with other staff members on how learning and teaching could be developed using Digital Leaders.
I decided that this should be the area I focused on, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I have become used to working with ‘the convinced’. Teachers at Teachmeet events, teachers on twitter etc. Working with a group who were already believers in the power of digital leadership wasn’t really moving beyond my comfort zone.
Secondly for the digital leaders project to move towards maximum impact in school, I felt I had to share the potential of digital leaders throughout the school. Involving other staff, pupil support workers, parents and other children along the way would make the digital leaders a key asset to our learning environment in school, not just something Mr Drummond does.
Having identified my area to work on, my coach and I discussed a plan of action. With my coach’s help I decided the next steps were:
To read articles about developing teams and getting people to buy into a leader’s vision.
Select a group of staff at school whom digital leaders can work with.
Audit the group of staff to see how they currently view the digital leaders and how they feel the Digital Leaders could support them.
Have a clear vision to present to this first group of staff at school.
Share the vision, linking to the staff’s views from the audit (and beyond…) with the staff.
Make sure the digital leaders understand their responsibilities when working with other staff and children around school.
Allow time for the magic to happen.
Audit staff and digital leaders to see if their work is becoming embedded across all school areas.
NB Where I use the word staff in the above statements, I mean teaching staff and pupil support workers.
Many thanks to my coach for her time. I’m off to do some reading.