Leading from Calm: How technology can support leader wellbeing

In most learning environments, the Principal or Head Teacher/ Lead Teacher is the cultural compass and it is through the lived expression of their values that they shape the culture of the workplace.

Is your school happy?

Are you happy?

Like strands of DNA, these are interconnected and interdependent.

 

Is your school flourishing or well managed?

The well leader, leads well and promotes wellness.

A school may have all the factors of success in place, a solid research-driven strategic plan, rigorous professional learning programs, well maintained facilities, healthy accounts, well considered structures, policies and processes and yet….it may be ‘just a workplace’, in a sense, it may not have ‘life’, it may not ‘flourish’….it could be argues that this is an example of a well-managed school.

Leadership is a tough gig because it has an emotional toil and the responsibility is enormous….however, these are the same reasons why it is such a wonderful privilege to lead a flourishing school.

Where deep leadership begins….within a calm place

An internet search will point to the problem here.

School leaders are asked to lead community wellness, support educator wellness, address health and wellbeing of students but rarely to consider, plan and promote their own wellbeing as strategy for sustainable whole school improvement.

.

Lever technology to improve leader wellbeing

Sure, technology can be accused of being the very thing that erodes leaders time with responding to emails sitting high on the list. Technology can also provide some solution to very problems it is perceived to have created.

 

Schedule Calm

Download this app (note: I have no affiliation with this APP…it just works on Apple/ Android and desktops)

calm.com

As soon as you open you will feel calm.

  • Explore the guided breathing tool.
  • Learn the basics of mindfulness meditation
  • Having trouble sleeping? Meditative bed time stories might helpto

Best of all, you can (and should) set a mindfulness reminder to help you practice mindfulness daily.

Or use the app before or after high stress situations.

What a powerful cultural leadership activity this could be….the leader, investing time daily to be intentionally calm and focused.

Stay tuned!

calm

Follow me on twitter www.twitter.com/sparvell

.

 

Leader Voices: Overcoming Resistance To Change

How to leaders at different career stages respond to some of the most common leadership scenarios? In this series of interviews I conducted a couple of years ago, I capture the leadership voices and seek their insights.

Mark

 

Access more leadership tools http://aka.ms/leadertools

Find out about the Showcase School program http://aka.ms/showcaseschools

 

 

 

Tomorrow When The Learning Began

Video

Join me as I host principal of Candlebark School http://www.candlebark.info/ , John Marsden in a wide ranging conversation around what leading learning at Candlebark looks, sounds and importantly, feels like.
This event was coordinated by myself in my role as Associate Director Professional Learning at Principals Australia Institute http://www.pai.edu.au and the original recording of the webinar and more are available through Australia’s largest independent online community of practice for the education sector, http://www.palnet.edu.au

Link

Complete list of the webinars I have facilitated.

I coordinate a professional webinar series for Principals Australia Institute and we make the recordings accessible for educators. You may need to register (no cost) with PALNET, the online community for educators that I lead. Palnet has over 3,300 members and provides incredible free tools.

Note: Some of these recordings stream live from BlackBoard Collaborate and may require a java update.

Eurovision of Education

Image

Eurovision of Education

Join me with my wonderful colleagues from Finland, Norway and the Netherlands as we explore the similarities and differences between the Australian Education system and our European friends.
Note: the image link will stream the recording live from BlackBoard Collaborate

Eurovision of Education

This Friday I am hosting a webinar titled ‘A Eurovision of Education’. Three wonderful educators from Finland, Norway and Finland will be live on-line discussing how their systems operate, the impact of implementation of national curriculum and fielding questions around managing diversity.
Go to http://www.palnet.edu.au, register for FREE and look for EVENTS.

Looking forward to your involvement and please share with colleagues.

http://www.palnet.edu.au

Deforest Action

On March 28th, my good friend, sean Tierney is coordinating an exciting deforestAction live event! He will take you deep into the heart of the Borneo jungle to connect with orangutans, hear from dr. Willie Smits and the Eco-Warriors about the work they are doing with the Masarang Foundation, and speak with other youth and schools around the world taking action to stop deforestation. http://www.tigurl.org/march2012

20120311-174607.jpg

The Five Forms of Teacher Power

Currently reading article by J Shindler (2009) Transformative Classroom Management

John identifies:

Attractive (referent) power

Expert Power

Reward Power

Coercive Power

Position Power

John notes that to be effective, one must incorporate at leastsome of each of these.

I wonder, is the the ‘Teacher X- Factor’?

21st Century Student Expectations

Here’s a good reason for educators to visit www.sparvell.com – feedback from an amazing US educator ,Bob Feurer.

‎”Mark , I’ve been invited to the Governor’s mansion this month to discuss our P-16 Inititiative, whose goal it is to improve learning for all students in Nebraska. Your content on this page has provided me with information to present at that conference! Thank You!!!!”

Thanks Bob

and………

Here’s the latest BIG QUESTION for you!

We hear an awful lot about 21st Century Skills that academics, business and educators consider to be essential and I’m not suggesting they are not.

But

What do STUDENTS expect from a education service delivery that will prepare them for future learning, employment and active citizenship?