Enjoy the Moment - Day 4

If you have not gotten a chance to read my blog about my #oneword for 2016, check out Enjoy the Moment. 

As I mentioned in my blog, my #oneword is a call to action for me to be mindful of the moments that make up my day. The moments at home, the moments at work and the moments that happen in between. 

I have been given an amazing opportunity to work side by side with some of the best principals across the state of Texas this year through the Texas Principal's Visioning Institute. Over the course of the school year I meet with my cohort (PI5) to discuss how we can transform the learning within our school districts and buildings to provide students with experiences and opportunities that will prepare them for a future that does not exist. 

Through the visioning institute, I have been able to develop relationships with fellow administrators who are outside of my daily circle of influence in Plano ISD. I am proud of where I work, however I know creativity and innovation exists outside of my bubble and through these relationships, I am able to strengthen my capacity to be innovative and creative in my role, on my campus. If you have an opportunity to break outside of your bubble, I highly encourage you to do so. It is a tremendous opportunity to gather ideas and see how liked minded folks are making it happen!

Through the Texas Principal's Visioning Institute, I am highly encouraged to visit the campuses of fellow cohort members and today I was able to spend some quality time with two of my cohort members, @loriebratcher & @TisonPrincipal. (Both are amazing leaders and have something to offer us all...follow them on Twitter) Over the course of about an hour and a half I was able to walk them around the halls of Sigler Elementary showcasing our students and staff and boasting about the phenomenal job they do. 

The best #moment for me, came at the conclusion of our tour, when the three of us were able to sit back down and just have a conversation surrounding innovative ways to create more time in a school day for teachers. Time is the one thing we never have enough of and can never get more of. Through seeing and hearing how others are creating time for teachers to talk, plan, reflect and grow, it makes me reflect on our practices. It does not mean our practices need to change, but it does challenge my thinking. 

I appreciate the #moment @loriebratcher & @TisonPrincipal shared with me today and hope to visit both of their campuses in the future.

When was the last time in the middle of your day, you stopped for a #moment to have someone or something challenge your thinking? 

What was your #moment today? 

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