Friday, December 16, 2011

All I Really Need to Know About Teaching I Learned From...

Mike Krzyzewski: 
“The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions. Not me. I don’t want to be a manager or a dictator. I want to be a leader—and leadership is ongoing, adjustable, flexible, and dynamic. As such, leaders have to maintain a certain amount of discretion.”
Look, it doesn't matter if we are talking about lesson design, assessment (formative/summative or whateverative), reporting, feedback or any other thing you can get yourself riled up about.  The bottom line is that leaders--decision makers-- will find a way to be successful.  They'll find a way to be successful because they realize that anything worth doing is about relationships. And relationships are dynamic. Relationships are messy.  They're frustrating and they sure as heck don't come in a box.   If you're looking for a program, system or formula to guarantee success for yourself or your students, STOP!  It doesn't exist!

That's all.

1 comment:

Matt Townsley said...

Right on, DC.

In Todd Whitaker's book, What Great Principals Do Differently, one of his chapters is entitled, "It's People Not Programs."

"No program inherently leads to school improvement. It is the people who implement sound programs who determine the success of the school. Programs are never the solution, and they are never the problem" (p. 1).

Your Coach K quote is a little less education-esque, but I think it says the same thing. Keep reminding me (and "us") of this.