Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The impact of things that are 1.5 smaller

I am very fortunate to be surrounded by people who help me be better today than I was yesterday.

They do this, in part, by encouraging me, laughing with me and additionally they help me think & reflect.

My husband, Todd, has encouraged me, laughed with me and reflected with me since we first met in elementary school.  

Today, when I got to work, he had shared an email with the caption “it will make you think” and this video was attached.

My initial reactions to this video are:
  • small steps can impact big results
  • never under estimate the power your small deeds may have
  • I have so much to continue to learn
  • sometimes all it takes to start a movement is something about 1.5 times smaller than we are

He’s right, again.  It made me think and I’d love to hear from others how it made you think.  

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Benton Community shares learning opportunities for 2018-19

As I think about the first time I heard "students need to develop 4-year plans", my youngest sister was in 8th grade.  She's now a 37 year old & mother of 2.  

That means I've been working with students on 4 year plans for almost 25 years.  That doesn't make me an expert -- but it gives me some perspectives to have conversations with students & parents.

As we think about how we inform students and parents of the changes we are making in our course offerings -- we are trying something new at Benton Community.  Each department that will be experiencing a change has created a video that outlines the changes in programming.  You can view the videos at this link.  

We also have a few other offerings not highlighted in videos.  Please contact Mr Cretin or Mrs. Nesbitt with any questions regarding any of these changes. One such offering is a Transportation Academy (detailed below) with Kirkwood Community College, Vinton-Shellsburg & Belle Plaine School Districts. 

AUT-104 | Introduction to Automotive Technology | 3 college credits
Provides the beginning apprentice technician with an introductory overview of
automotive servicing from a maintenance and replacement standpoint.
Emphasizes routine maintenance procedures in the care of tires, batteries,
lighting, belts, hoses, filters and cooling systems through classroom and
hands-on activities. Presents career information on career pathways,
employers, goal setting, skills inventory, student club information and personal
plan. Credits: 3 Hours; (2/2/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none;  Arts & Sciences
Elective Code: B

                         AUT-100 | Maintenance and Light Repair | 4 college credits                          
Provides knowledge of the skills necessary to successfully perform common
maintenance and light repair tasks in engine systems, automatic
transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and
steering, brakes, electrical, and heating and air conditioning. Credits: 4,
Hours: (1/6/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences 
Elective Code:  B 

The following website: will continue to be updated with any other changes.  Please contact Mr Cretin or Mrs. Nesbitt with any questions regarding any of these opportunities.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Power of example

Joe Biden was interviewed on NPR Wednesday, November 15, 2017 when I was listening to the radio on my way to meet with my Administrative Coach, Dan Smith.  Mr. Biden has previously said things similar to what I heard him say on this day -- but for some reason what he shared that day stuck with me. 

I have been thinking about the power of example I am creating/exhibiting to those I interact with on a daily basis, both in my personal and professional life.

As an administrator in a PK-12 school system, one of my responsibilities is to help facilitate our Teacher Leadership program.  As we were meeting with our #BCTLT last Friday, the topic of what is our "example of power" as a team came up during our book study conversation. 

#BCTLT had the pleasure of learning from Elena Aguilar in August 2015 and we have used her resources in our learning ever since.  

In Aguilar's book The Art of Coaching Teams, Chapter 3 focuses on creating a culture of trust.  When our teacher leadership team was discussing Chapters 3 & 4 of The Art of Coaching Teams, one of our IC's said she had used a resource from the book on checking with your teams temperature with a grade level team.  I thought to myself, this is an incredible "Power of our example".  

By following this process, she helped create a space where people shared their own thoughts and listened -- really listened to others!  When we take advantage of opportunities to build trust we help build powerful learning environments.  Having reflective conversations improves our ability to work together and collaborate which is connected to collective teacher efficacy and leadership.

Peter DeWitt will be sharing his learning and experience on Collective Leadership in April 2018 at the FFA Enrichment Center with Iowa ASCD.

In his book, Collaborative Leadership

he describes collective teacher efficacy this way:  

I hope one of the "power of our examples" at Benton Community is supporting collaborative leadership and collective teacher efficacy on a daily basis to impact our student learning experiences. 


Thursday, November 30, 2017

BC Learning Update Dec 2017

BC Learning Update linked here 

(Links within the update shown below are active in the link above 
and not within the pictures of the update within this blog).

BC Learning Update linked here (links within the update are active in the link and not within the pictures of the update within this blog).