This week was a very stressful week for the staff of my school. I was contracted to train and help people through the change. Not an easy task. On Friday, my school had a work day to complete and enter grades.
The first change, currently we have no report card because our grading system changed. Second, we are grading on common core standards this year. The third change, we had to setup up the common core standards in our LMS gradebook. Fourth, we have to enter our grades in our new LMS which people are uncomfortable with. The fifth change, teachers have to save and print their own reporting sheets to give to parents because we don’t have a report card. Sixth, we changed our rubric.
On Friday I used the full range of leadership styles as I moved from classroom to classroom helping people. I even had to use “commanding” style a couple times when there was an urgent situation and the other methods weren’t working. I would say that many times I was using “affiliative” and “pacesetting” leadership styles and I was trying help people get through their negative emotions about the changes but at the same time get them to where they needed to be. Early in the morning I used “democratic” and “visionary” as I met with the administrator and a few others come up with a better plan for the future. Normally I do a lot of “coaching” but in this situation most of my coaching had come in the days and weeks prior, during training.
The last couple days have been rough. I know I helped a lot of people get to where they needed to be but I don’t feel good about the situation. I did my best with my part and I am trying to help fix things for next trimester.
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