So, I decided to find out a little bit more about me as a leader and a learner before I started thinking about my teaching. Not loosing my spark of madness was one of the tips I was given - great start I think! After taking the 16 personalities test and the CLARA test I found lots of things that related to me and some..... I wasn't too sure.
'Campaigners tend to see life as a big, complex puzzle where everything is connected, through a prism of emotion, compassion and mysticism, and are always looking for a deeper meaning.'
From my results I agree with this statement and I hope these qualities will help me with my Inquiry into Leaner Agency. I want to solve different ways to tap into my learner's thinking and help them go from surface level thinking to developing and leading deeper meaning.
So the CLARA tool showed me that I have a lot of Hope, Optimism and Sense making as strengths but I need to work on my Collaboration and Creativity. Hmmm, when I first saw these results I actually thought they did not reflect me as I thought I was quiet creative in my teaching but when I read the results I started to connect with the picture.
'You probably feel freer at some times and in some places than you do in others to ‘let your imagination off the leash.' Reflect on what makes it appropriate and safe to be Creative in your place of learning.'
I would agree with this, I have been working on putting my ideas forward to others as I feel very safe in my teaching to be creative but showing this in front of others, sometimes I feel restricted so I will continue to develop this and TRY to start 'Letting answers come to me in the moment, rather than only looking things up.'
Although we do not know what the future holds I feel we have to attempt to understand what qualities and skills will be needed/desired to be successful adults: creative, risk takers who can self regulate and adapt to a changing environment (with confidence or resilience?). - That's my thoughts anyways. Helping children to accept and understand what ‘comfortable with being uncomfortable so you are prepared for anything’ means.