…the impact of professional learning and continually make improvements in order to meet the schoolwide vision for using technology for high-impact teaching and learning.
After living in China for a while now, there are quite a few differences between their eastern culture and my western culture. One thing I have noticed is in the area of compliments on job performance. In my western mind, I need someone to tell me how I am doing in my job every so often. I’m not sure why that is, maybe in the west, we have built that into people. True, many jobs have performance evaluations, but I have noticed in China, that if I would compliment someone on doing a good job (like a great haircut), they would respond with, ”Thanks, but it’s my job.” They are doing their job and that is what counts. I just want them to know that they are doing it well, and I don’t know that it matters that much. That’s okay. Maybe in the west, we want too much validation.
As a coach, however, I recognize people feeling busy with specific job-related tasks, and, while professional learning is important and valuable, sometimes it may seem like it is getting in the way of the ”main” job. In a post titled, ”In God We Trust, All Others Must Bring Data,”, I discuss the need for feedback from professional learning and to take that feedback in order to make sure the learning is meaningful and impactful. Not only are pre-surveys important, but post surveys to gauge what went well, and what didn’t.
Part of the school’s goals is the incorporation of technology in the classroom. Most schools have a team (in my school it is called STRides) of educators in different positions who meet together to look at the vision for the school for the upcoming year. Many times, this vision, is discussed in staff meetings or as part of a professional development session so everyone knows the technology goal for the school. After professional development, a survey is administered, and then the data is collected. Next, the information is evaluated and given to the team to interpret, create a goal, and create action steps to reach that goal for the school.