Today we had another successful annual Hedges Field Day! Each year our PE teacher, Karen Dunfee, works tirelessly to celebrate fitness with our school community. She organizes fun activity stations for our four-hundred students throughout our campus. This year she and our Flathead Braves football coach, Kyle Samson, collaborated to support our students with his incredible group of leaders!
Our students were very excited about the opportunity to work with real football players! These young men supported our students way beyond our expectations and exemplified our Hedges Guidelines for Success: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Ready to Learn! They were role models, motivators, and incredibly fun! Thank you Karen, Kyle, Brooke (Mrs. Samson had this amazing idea!) and the Flathead Braves Football Team for leading our students and creating a day they will positively remember forever!
“Seek First To Understand; Then To Be Understood” Steven Covey’s – 5th Habit of Highly Effective People
As I reflect on the first year of my principalship, the words from Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People run through my mind. When I entered the field of education in 1995, my mom recommended that I read Covey’s book. During the early years in my career, I read and listened to his book several times. Since that time I have relied on these habits to help me to be a better person and educator.
Habit 1: Be proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind
Habit 3: Put first things first
Habit 4: Think win-win
Habit 5: Seek first to understand, and then to be understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the saw
Although all of these habits were important during this school year, I believe #5 was the foundation for my leadership. I realized early on that it was essential to, first, be a listener and, second, share my thoughts and ideas. Authentic understanding, listening, and communication were critical to developing and maintaining meaningful relationships and a healthy school culture. I am grateful for my mom’s recommendation and for a great school year!
*To prepare for the next school year, I just downloaded the audible book so I can listen to it again (along with the #8: Habit From effectiveness to greatness), the book on tape won’t play in my car. 🙂
“Every person who enters the field of education has both an opportunity and an obligation to be a leader.” (Dufour & Marzano, 2011, p.1) #SAVMP
Our topic to blog about this week is Developing Leadership. This is an empowering subject matter for me because my journey as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and principal has been led by administrators who believed in developing teacher leaders. I am grateful for the guidance and mentors who continue to lead me so I can continue to develop new leaders.
I gained great insight about how to continue to develop teacher leaders by watching this Google Hangout with George Couros, Jimmy Casas, Jason Markley, and Amber Teamann! Thank you all for sharing your knowledge and experience!