“The success and failure of my students’ learning is about what I do or don’t do. I am the change agent.” (Hattie, 2009).
Question: Am I a change agent? and if I think so, why?
I do see myself as a change agent and I believe it is because of the core values with which I operate are similar to characteristics we find in change agents.
First, I need a clear vision. I need to know where I am going, why I am going there, and put a plan in place to get myself there. Enrolling in the PIDP is a good example. I have always known I wanted to teach in the area of health care but had been unsure in what specific area. Now I know my interest is in community health, so I registered for the program and set a target date for completion.
I am a very patient but also very persistent. One has to be with 4 children!!! But my kids will also tell you I don’t give up easily!!! I want to make sure they are all moving ‘forward’ but doing so on their schedule. My role is to support that movement from A to B.
I try to challenge with questions that might help stimulate deeping thinking. For example, helping students determine next steps in their career path by asking: what is best for you? or, what do you see yourself doing in 5 years? My goal is to trigger an emotional connection to the idea to help move them toward creating their own solution.
Relationships are important to me. I strive to be approachable and reliable with my family, friends, and those that I work and learn with.
Lastly, I feel confident in my knowledge and skills and I stay engaged in ongoing learning in subjects as they relate to myself, my family and my work and I am conscientious about being a good role model for the people in my life.
The level of responsibility found in this particular Mindframe was weighing on me and asking myself to go a little deeper was a useful process.
Maybe you should do the same???
Hattie, J. A. (2009). Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analysis Relating to Achievement. New York, NY: Rutledge