Instrumental and Missional Thinking
My short-term goals can be divided into two categories: students and teachers. For students, I want to continue to expose them to STEM pathways that they might not have been exposed to otherwise. I am to do this through our content-related projects as well as STEM pen pals and #HipHopScience that I described in my ImagineIT Spring Timeline. While many of my students have already decided on careers, I know from my own experience that what you think you are going to study in college can change dramatically between high school and college and even during college. I want students to be exposed to multiple pathways in the event that this occurs but also I believe that there is a basic scientific literacy that all adults need to have in order to be a productive member of society. My second goal is to build capacity in my department. I will be leaving my school after this year and want the work that I have spearheaded with phenomenon-based learning and engineering design to continue after I leave.
My long-term goal as I work toward being a principal is create a school environment that promotes interdisciplinary STEM collaboration. While many schools advertise their STEM focus, I want to make sure that my future school will actively work towards STEM integration and not just have it in name only. In addition, I am working on developing my own leadership style that combines best practices and my own philosophy of education. I have had many successes in my ten years in the classroom, but transferring this experience into instructional leadership as an administrator will require a mindset shift on my point and interpersonal and intrapersonal reflection.
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