The Cardinal Way
Sharing and Learning at Southport High School
Leading and Learning:
We have an immense list of needs as a school, which means we must have a significant leadership capacity as a staff. I can, too often, fall into the trap of trying to run everything myself, not necessarily in action but in decision making. I often catch myself going into situations to give people what they need to solve a problem or reach an arbitrary goal. Problems fixed; goals met; improvements made. This process can work if my focus is on making our school better in the short term -- quick, easy, and to the point. But, this does not build lasting change. As a leader, my focus needs to be on inspiring people to solve their own problems and meet their own personal goals. I need to focus on others as the ones who drive improvement, not just myself.
This idea reminds me of the old proverb: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. If I feed the people I lead, things will get done, problems get solved, and goals get met. At the same time, I create an environment where everyone looks to me for answers. If all the answers come from me, then I place a ceiling on learning and assure my school will never be any smarter than me. If I inspire people and teach them to fish, they will take ownership of the improvement process and we will be able to go places I alone could not help us reach. My focus cannot be on improvements and change, but rather on the people who will bring improvements and change.
Be a Cardinal; Change Lives; Put a Mission into Motion
Thank you to:
- Tara Foor for hosting the Read More Rock On authors visit this week.
- Jorie DePalma and the RDM team for their efforts in raising donations and hosting the Riley Dance Marathon tonight.
Grateful Friday Challenge
Well, here we are...Friday… at least that is what the calendar is telling me. This is an exciting Friday (aren't they all?). It is hard to believe that we are over halfway through April and pushing into the final weeks of the school year. I know this year has been challenging, but the light at the end of the tunnel is starting to come into view. We are all hopefully feeling the excitement and the anticipation of wrapping up another school year with our students.
Today, for your #SHSGFC, find a way to take some time for yourself. Before we hit the craziness of the last 22 days of the school year (and… I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22, as in the class of 22, is trying to hold it together just as hard as we are!), try and find some time today, or this weekend, to do something for yourself, something you truly enjoy. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Laugh...even if it’s forced.
Go for a 30-minute walk.
Meditate for 10 minutes.
Treat yourself to a favorite dessert.
Watch your favorite movie.
Dance like nobody’s watching.
Give someone a big bear hug…but, not me.
Look through happy photos.
Listen to some music from your favorite artist way too loud.
Get 8-10 hours of sleep each night this weekend...I know, that is more than you normally get this time of year in two nights combined, but give it a shot.
Clean the house...again
Try out a hiking trail nearby...watch out for large puddles
Get out and do some yard work…there are surely some sticks to pick up in a week ranging from snow to 80 degrees.
Our social, emotional, and physical health are all vital right now. We have no idea what the next couple of hours, days, or weeks will bring, but take comfort in the fact that we will do it together. Rest up, relax, and enjoy the weekend! Adventures at the end of the school year are heading our way real soon!
With banners flying as we go! #FlyAsONE
180 Days of Learning -- #CardsLearn
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