Momentum and Improvement

We took two weeks off this summer, and the #822chat is back in full swing. A special thanks goes to returning host, Jon-Eric Ziaer for facilitating the discussion on continuous improvement. Here are the highlights from our recent topic.

Reflection and Continuous Improvement

“Reflection, formal or informal, is the only way we improve. Asking ourselves what worked, what didn’t work, and how do we know? is the difference between replicating success and doing things the way we’ve always done them.” – Erika Garcia

“If there is one thing I’ve learned this year it is that if you don’t schedule it, it doesn’t happen. So, you have to schedule reflection into your day/week. And you have to model it for those you lead. Incorporate it into your faculty meetings, PLC meetings, etc.” – Cristobal Saldana

Momentum and Growth

“If you look at growth and improvement more as a cycle with frequent check-ins and adjustments (like the engineering process) it helps. Plan, build, test, adjust, repeat.” – Melissa Sidebotham

“I celebrate and highlight all of the victories I see or are shared. When you walk into a room, and students are on fire w/ answers & know what’s the target, celebrate! When a skill is mastered, or a teacher rocks, celebrate! It’s about being focused on the positive!” – Allicia Saldana

Throughout human history, in any great endeavour…it is only through seriousness of purpose and persistence that we ultimately carry the day. We might liken it to riding a bicycle. You stay upright and move forward so long as you keep up the momentum. – Ban Ki-moon

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