Embodying Visionary Leadership
A leader collaborates with the school community to create and implement a shared vision for student success, engagement, learning and well-being.
I enjoy finding ways to recognize and appreciate my staff and my students. I believe this helps support and grow a positive, productive culture. Each month, staff will nominate a few students that are exemplifying the & Habit we are focusing on. I will call each of the students' names and have them stand for applause and recognition. From the nominated students I will select one student to win the Optimist of the month award. Further, I take each of the staff nominations and create a personal card for the nominated students. These cards are mailed home for the student to share with their family.
I find times to appreciate staff by saying thank you and telling them their work is appreciated. This used to be rather difficult for me. It is a skill I had to purposefully attend to. I am happy that it has become more natural. I especially like the little gestures. It is fun to see how tickled staff can be.
Early in the school year, I took the achievement data from our math Provincial Achievement Exams. I broke the information down into manageable chunks and then presented key information to the whole staff. As a staff we looked for successes and challenges. We looked at the data as a full team because many of the exam questions cover curriculum from grades 4, 5, and 6. The grade 4 and 5 teachers were very supportive of the grade 6 team in looking for areas they could address in their classrooms. The entire team identified academic vocabulary as an area we could all focus on. I look forward to seeing if some of the small changes we have implemented create the change we want to see.