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Thesis Presentation 2009

  1. 2. INSPIRING a sense of RENEWAL Joan Griffin
  2. 3. a REFLECTIVE COMMUNITY GROWS from a TEACHER BOOK CLUB
  3. 4. <ul><li>TEACHER </li></ul><ul><li>BOOK CLUB </li></ul>THESIS reSEARCH
  4. 5. Teacher Book Club <ul><li>Parker Palmer’s </li></ul><ul><li>“ Spiritual Call to Action” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Go Public </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Live Undivided </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create a Community of Congruence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dialogue Around Important Ideas </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>“ Mindset </li></ul><ul><li>Group” </li></ul>Teacher Book Club
  6. 7. Teacher Book Club “ World Café” Conversations That Matter
  7. 8. “ Mindset Group”
  8. 9. “ Live the questions now. Perhaps, then someday… you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer .” ~ Rilke
  9. 10. What is the PURPOSE of Education?
  10. 11. <ul><li>TEACHER </li></ul><ul><li>BOOK CLUB </li></ul>THESIS reSEARCH
  11. 12. Research Questions <ul><li>Why do teachers teach? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the goal of education ? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are teachers so distressed </li></ul><ul><li>and so in need </li></ul><ul><li>of renewal ? </li></ul>
  12. 13. Why do teachers teach?
  13. 14. <ul><li>“ There is no word in </li></ul><ul><li>the language I revere </li></ul><ul><li>more than teacher . </li></ul><ul><li>My heart sings when </li></ul><ul><li>a kid refers to me as </li></ul><ul><li>his teacher... </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve honored myself, </li></ul><ul><li>and my whole family, </li></ul><ul><li>by becoming one.” </li></ul><ul><li>~Pat Conroy </li></ul>
  14. 15. In a Public Agenda SURVEY of <ul><li>1000 teachers </li></ul><ul><li>96% </li></ul><ul><li>f </li></ul><ul><li>“ love teaching” </li></ul>
  15. 16. In a Public Agenda SURVEY of <ul><li>1000 teachers </li></ul><ul><li>72% </li></ul><ul><li>f </li></ul><ul><li>“ contributing to society… </li></ul><ul><li>helping others.” </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>1000 teachers </li></ul><ul><li>65% </li></ul><ul><li>F chose the words… </li></ul><ul><li>“ passion” “mission” </li></ul>In a Public Agenda SURVEY of
  17. 18. What is the GOAL of Education?
  18. 19. The GOAL of Education is to meet the NEEDS of… <ul><li>CHILDREN </li></ul>SOCIETY
  19. 20. <ul><li>not the filling </li></ul><ul><li>of a vessel.” </li></ul><ul><li>~Plutarch </li></ul>“ Education is the kindling of a flame ,
  20. 21. <ul><li>self-discovery connection among souls </li></ul><ul><li>natural developmental stages </li></ul><ul><li>organic unfolding </li></ul><ul><li>authentic spirit </li></ul><ul><li>make meaning of experience </li></ul><ul><li>HOLISTIC </li></ul><ul><li>awakening inherent capacities </li></ul><ul><li>find own calling </li></ul><ul><li> draw forth divine formative forces </li></ul><ul><li>self-realization </li></ul>
  21. 22. “ To understand LIFE is to understand OURSELVES , and that is both the beginning and the end of EDUCATION .” ~ Krishnamurti
  22. 23. The GOAL of Education is to meet the NEEDS of… <ul><li>CHILDREN </li></ul>SOCIETY
  23. 24. <ul><li>“ Education should </li></ul><ul><li>seek harmony </li></ul><ul><li>between </li></ul>the organic needs of human development and the rational requirements of the social contract .” ~ Rousseau
  24. 25. <ul><li>A Nation at Risk - 1983 </li></ul><ul><li>A Nation Prepared - 1986 </li></ul><ul><li>National Board for Professional Teaching - 1986 </li></ul><ul><li>What Matters Most - 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>To Touch the Future - 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND - 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Standards & Assessments Culture Highly Qualified Teacher </li></ul>
  25. 26. “ America needs an educational system in which our children will “fulfill their God-given potential… and live out their dreams… and our workers will out-compete the world… and our economy will grow.” ~ Barack Obama
  26. 27. The GOAL of Education is to meet the NEEDS of… <ul><li>CHILDREN </li></ul>SOCIETY
  27. 28. Why are teachers so in need of renewal ?
  28. 29. The GOAL of Education is to meet the NEEDS of… <ul><li>CHILDREN </li></ul>SOCIETY TEACHERS
  29. 30. “ We become teachers for reasons of the heart . d But often, as time goes by, we lose heart . d How can we take heart , alone and together, d so we can give heart - which is what good teachers do?” ~ Parker Palmer
  30. 31. NEEDS of TEACHERS Autonomy Community Competency Reflection
  31. 32. COMMUNITY
  32. 33. AUTONOMY
  33. 34. COMPETENCY
  34. 35. REFLECTION
  35. 36. Reflect back to your school days… Was there a teacher who inspired you, who had a positive impact on you?
  36. 37. <ul><li>TEACHER </li></ul><ul><li>BOOK CLUB </li></ul>THESIS RESEARCH
  37. 38. A Reflective Community
  38. 39. “ My teaching will never be the same!” ~ Maggie Meeting #1
  39. 40. “ I think we can start working with our students in this way, even while we’re working on our inner ,, selves .” ~ Doug Meeting #1
  40. 41. “ I just discovered I work with the most amazing people … smart and deep.” ~ Michelle Meeting #1
  41. 42. <ul><li>Mining Hearts and Minds </li></ul><ul><li>Borrowing Stories </li></ul>INTERVIEWS
  42. 43. What is the VALUE of Mindset Meetings? <ul><li>“ a sense of optimism, energy, & depth.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ share & encourage…” </li></ul><ul><li>“… affirming… inspiring … surprising.” </li></ul><ul><li>“… personal reflection.” “all fired up!” </li></ul><ul><li>“ We validate each other.” </li></ul><ul><li> “… express… really listen…” </li></ul><ul><li> “… make changes.” </li></ul><ul><li>“… really know & appreciate colleagues.” </li></ul><ul><li>“… take risks.” “I feel safe!” </li></ul>
  43. 44. LEARNING, INSIGHTS, and P ersonal C hanges “ I find myself being more of a self-observer , experimenting and watching… “ There’s an awareness of what thoughts are coming out of my mouth and their impact… and an awareness of others , too, that has developed into a real appreciation and connection to them… “ I find I am seeking out more learning for myself… it’s caused me to read more books, too.” ~ Doug
  44. 45. LEARNING, INSIGHTS, and P ersonal C hanges “ It’s not about technique or methods-- It’s about self-reflection . I’m really looking at my personal and professional goals … and deciding to make changes … with this new support group to help me!” ~Diane “ I feel inspiration for personal growth … It’s been kind of like a virus--the ideas spread, taking you over, and then you pass them along.” ~ Eleanor
  45. 46. A Reflective Community Meets Teacher NEEDS Autonomy Community Competency Reflection
  46. 47. The GOAL of Education is to meet the NEEDS of… <ul><li>CHILDREN </li></ul>SOCIETY TEACHERS
  47. 48. <ul><li>“ Because of those meetings, I feel more hopeful and optimistic about my teaching and about our school. </li></ul><ul><li>j </li></ul><ul><li>I feel totally accepted , as an expert teacher and a worthy colleague, by everyone there. </li></ul><ul><li>j </li></ul><ul><li>I feel like we share a common vision within the group, and I am excited by what this ‘gathering of the minds’ has given me… and for our prospects for the future. </li></ul><ul><li>j </li></ul><ul><li>I feel like I’m regaining control .” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Betty </li></ul>
  48. 49. INSPIRING a sense of RENEWAL : a REFLECTIVE COMMUNITY GROWS from a TEACHER BOOK CLUB
  49. 50. “ When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ~Palo Coelho
  50. 52. LEGACY LEGACY 2009-2010 Plans Growing 16 Colleagues 4 Books
  51. 53. LEADERSHIP is “Teaching Writ Large” <ul><li>Educators </li></ul><ul><li>& Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>of equal dedication </li></ul><ul><li>& expertise populate schools all across America. </li></ul>
  52. 54. School climate Invitation Stamp of Approval Hands off Leadership Hold Space Establish Form Community Relationships Dialogue Meaningful Ideas Administration       Change Action Growth
  53. 55. Build it, and they will come. ~ Shoeless Joe, Field of Dreams Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead
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