I have been doing some soul searching on my own leadership qualities to better understand how I can improve. Our district leadership team did a StrengthsFinder assessment several months ago. Its amazing how a self assessment can tell you a little about yourself. Below are my findings. In my mind, it pretty much nailed who I am.
MY TOP 5 STRENGTHS (my report – pdf)
I also completed a Meyers Briggs Self Assessment via 16personalities.com and again… similar themes came out. After taking the assessment twice – my personality type did not change. I am considered an ENTP. I enjoyed reading what an ENTP’s strengths and weaknesses. And, frankly that is me in a nutshell. Tonight I did a little more research on ENTP’s and this wikipedia reference really resonated with me… “ENTPs are quick to see complex interrelationships between people, things, and ideas.” I really enjoy listening and learning about new topics/ideas and seeing how they relate to my work….
However, this week I am struggling a bit. Our district recently switched to the Marzano Framework for Teaching/Learning (Pdf of the criteria). I will admit. When I look at the teacher side of the framework – I can see exactly where technology has a role. There isnt a single domain, element that is not relevant to edtech and I can easily provide samples/examples where edtech has a place for each!
BUT, this year, I am being assessed on the Marzano District Leadership Framework (learning map – PDF). This is where I struggle. Usually I can see relationships of ideas/content to my role and edtech. But I am having a difficult time relating the leadership elements to myself. It is very frustrating that I can not see the link! I took the self assessment in iObservation and found that I could barely relate to the scales and wound up in the “Developing” mark in many of the elements. This assessment does not correlate to my StrengthsFinder assessment or my MeyersBriggs self assessment. I can look at our strategic plan – and immediately relate to what I can do to improve myself and my department to support our organization. But, it is not very clear with the Marzano side. This is a time where I would LOVE to communicate with people like me. Tech Directors who are using and being evaluated on this same framework. Know of any?
While I share frustration – my growth mindset says – keep moving forward. Eventually it will make sense. I hope I can look at this blog post 6mos and realize where I went wrong in my thinking. Can’t wait for that lightbulb moment!