I picked up the book How Google Works from the public library yesterday and read the first 50 or so pages on the flight. Written by Google insiders Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, I found opening to be very compelling, not just for the insights the volume gives us about Google, but also for the potential applications and implications the experiences of Google have for education.
- Make sure my students keep a running list of things that interest them - things they have heard, new facts that sparked their curiosity, questions they have found interesting, or problems to be solved.
- Quote to use from John Wooden: "It is what you learn after you know it all that counts."
- Is the culture of Lights Academy (our accelerated, personalized learning experience at Lutheran High School) what I want it to be? If not, it becomes more difficult to change over time.
- Am I clearly communicating the vision for Lights Academy, and is it truly a shared vision? Jack Welch once said, "No vision is worth the paper it is printed on unless it's communicated consistently and reinforced with rewards."
- What would students learn if they explored workspace design in a variety of different settings? Is this a worthy challenge?
- Be generous as a leader with the resources people need to do their work. Do my Lights Academy students have what they need to be successful?
Find a place and a method for refreshing yourself with new ideas. There are so many new directions that are possible in our 21st century world. Discovery ways to embrace the new for the good of our students and families.