I am new to my community – a stranger, if you will. As a fledgling member of the community, I need and want to hear the stories of the children and my colleagues, the history of the people and the place. One spectacular opportunity afforded me is to hear the same story from multiple perspectives. I value the luxury of learning and seeing through multiple lenses.
Through which lens do I choose to look at my surroundings? On what do I choose to focus? How do I practice seeing bright spots? How often do I focus on success rather than struggle? How do I make the practice of bright-spot-seeking a habit? Do I teach this habit to others?
For our children, school begins tomorrow. What will they want and need from us, their teachers? How will we offer feedback as they learn and grow? Is it our habit to highlight their success or their struggle? When we mark student papers, do we “award credit” or do we “take points off?” Literally, what do we mark? What is our habit? What are we teaching through our habit?
How do our actions impact the lens through which our learners see themselves? How does our habit impact the way we see our learners? I am learning to make a point to change my lens to see with different clarity. What does the story say if I change my view? What do we learn as we try on a new lens?
Jill Gough serves as Director of Teaching and Learning at Trinity School. She risks, questions and seeks feedback to improve. You can follow her on Twitter at @jgough.
[This post was originally published as "edu180atl: jill gough 8.14.12"]