I recently attended a workshops in our board entitled ‘You had me at Hello’. It was a wonderful session led by Alison LaMantia, Manager of Communications at the board.
One of the key aspects of the presentation was the importance of storytelling. Learners remember significantly more of what they hear when it is framed within a context from a story.
As I sat down, I noticed that on our tables, were buttons. One set of buttons stated: Ask Me Why I Love My Job
I was inspired to answer this question by considering some of the stories of my own practice in education.
As the workshop continued, I was able to think about how the 6 Cs play a role in my practice. The 6 Cs from Michael Fullan are:
- Critical thinking
Each of the 6 Cs play significant roles in our classrooms and learning environments. They contribute to the success of all learners, and connect quite well to the concept of our ‘Sphere of Influence’.
Educators make key decisions based on the factors that we have influence over as well as factors that are out of our realm of control.
If we can clearly identify realistic variables that have a positive influence within our realm of control, we can harness greater outcomes for our students. When I thought about this, I couldn’t help but feel the significance of our ability to influence the lives of our students. What we do on a daily basis DOES matter! I realized that when we can identify the ways we can positively influence our students, we can harness a great deal of power to help everyone learn and grow together in so many positive ways.
It inspired me to think about the importance of creating shared visions and understandings. If we can come to a shared understanding within our learning environments about what the 6 Cs mean to our situations, then we will be more likely to identify realistic goals and take steps to meet those goals based on our own learning needs.
This works to set the framework for success, but with enough flexibility for the kind of creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, citizenship and character that we need to inspire and innovate with learners and educators alike.
And this is why I love my job! Why do you love your job?