I read an interview recently with author Ken Tencer, he’s co-authored a book about innovating for small business owners. I took some of the ideas that he had for business and tried to apply some of the thinking to our school.
Tencer introduces what he calls the “90% Rule” which he explains as really more of a philosophy than a rule. Basically it works like this: You celebrate the amazing stuff you’re doing in your company (or school in our case) which he says is about 90% of what a successful company does. Then you look at the other 10%, the room for growth, and think about opportunities for the next big thing – the idea that will allow your company to excel further.
We do a pretty good job of celebrating our awesomeness around here, we are at least 90% awesome!! I also believe that many of us do a good job of thinking about our 10%, the room to grow. Through the conversations I regularly have with teachers in mini-observation follow ups, in the courtyard at break, or even around the lunch table, I know that many of us are focused on growing and becoming better teachers. I want to encourage each and everyone of you to continue to grow and pursue excellence.
What about that big idea, that home run, the discovery or growth that can excel you to the next level? You all set a goal at the beginning of the year. I want you to think back to that goal. It should’ve been something that you saw as a game-changing area for growth. Meaning, if you could grow in that target area then your students would greatly benefit from your growth.
Now think…when was the last time you stopped and thought about that goal? When was the last time you intentionally altered your instruction with that goal in mind? When was the last time you sat down and read some professional writing about your specific target area?
My hope today, as we round the corner into March and the upcoming 4th quarter, is that you revisit your goal(s). Think about why you chose that goal in the beginning of the year. Once you’ve done that, set a short-term target for growth. Perhaps that means reading something professionally (just one article a week would be a great start). Maybe it means trying one new strategy every unit or lesson. Whatever you decide, make it realistic and manageable. Give yourself a real chance to finish the year strong and perhaps discover that game-changing idea that can launch you to the next level.
Enjoy the weekend and take care of yourselves and each other!! Hang in there…the warm weather is coming soon 🙂