A colleague sent me an interesting article about the difference between a performance culture and a growth culture and I thought I would share it with you. “A performance culture asks, “How much energy can we mobilize?” and the answer is only a finite amount. A growth culture asks, “How much energy can we liberate?” and the answer is infinite.” Every day we are contributing to the culture of the school and individual classrooms and it takes hard work and a willingness to be vulnerable in the face of new challenges that propel us forward.
As educators begin week two and continue to craft the narrative of the classroom I wanted to include a short video from a 4th grade teacher who is introducing himself to the parents/guardians and students. While the expectation is definitely not to create a video, although anyone is welcome to do so, it is important to start thinking about how educators will tell the story of their classrooms. What messages do educators want to share about the priorities and learning experiences students can expect and how do educators plan to break down the walls so that parents/guardians have a better sense of what their students are experiencing in and out of the classroom?