What is your “one word” that will inspire you in your classroom or school in 2015?
When I read this weeks prompt for #YourEduStory I was intrigued. How could I sum up everything that I wanted to say in one word. I played around with several words before finally deciding on troubleshooting.
According to the keeper of all knowledge, Wikipedia, troubleshooting is the act of problem solving. When most people think of troubleshooting they think of technological troubleshooting. While it would be amazing for all of my teachers and staff to be fixing their own technical issues, I want to go beyond that and focus on the bigger concept of problem solving. I want my teachers and students to be solutions oriented thinkers. When presented with a problem I want to hear solutions instead of complaints. If I hear complaints I want to hear others offering solutions instead of joining in on the misery train. I want teachers to feel that they can experiment with different instructional strategies…..and not be looked down upon if they fail as long as they learn from the experience. Switching to a solutions oriented mindset is going to take some time. It might not be this year or next year but I do feel like eventually the switch will happen and once it does I expect big things from my teachers and students.