When we began staff meetings last year with new leadership, I had never been more excited. Gathering the staff together to develop greater understanding of our schools vision and goals was inspiring. Somewhere along the way, it was lost. We moved back to staff meetings where we were fed information. I understand that it can easily happen, but it was disappointing after the glimmer of hope for inspiring greater collaboration and learning.
Today was a difficult day. We all have them. At the end of the day, I ended up with a staff meeting. I had known about it, but just forgot given the challenging day. We talked for about 10 minutes, then opened the floor up for people to share positive things about their classrooms or the school. My initial thought was that this was going to end poorly. We had spent so little time collaborating that I feared no one would speak up about success.
Instead, I was surprised. Little by little, people started sharing one thing or another that they were excited about. With each moment of success we shared, the mood in the room improved. Today the culture of our school took a step in a positive direction. Many people shared their inspiring triumphs.
Sharing the good in your school is not always easy. All day we solve problems, help kids find ways to improve, and push to ourselves to our limits. Building the positives and creating moments to celebrate our achievements, whatever they may be, is vital to the success of our school. When you can get others to share the good, we all win.