Episode 4 features an interview of Fr. Donald Reilly O.S.A., D.Min., newly appointed Head of School at Malvern Preparatory School. Our R.A.D.D. letter that guides our conversation is A for Attitudes. The topics are “Building a Culture of Leadership,” “Designing a School Leadership Structure,” and “The Importance of Values in a School’s Mission.” You can connect with Fr. Donald Reilly on Twitter via @FrReilly.
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We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience. – John Dewey, Educational Theorist
As an extrovert, I rely on others, especially in the midst of struggle. My reflections and thoughts become most constructive when I share them. For me, this is never more evident than at work, and this latest challenge proved to me the importance, not just of relying on others, but the importance of relying on the right others. As I wrote yesterday, I believe that having a steadfast circle to count on is essential to successful school leadership. Continue reading The Productive Struggle (post 3 of 3)
What if every element surrounding the problem was off-base? What then?
At first this question seemed daunting, too daunting. I was spiraling, but I let this thought sink into my mind. Naturally, that led to other ideas and worries, but I forced myself to return to this thought again and again. What if this issue existed because every element surrounding the problem was wrong? A shaky foundation yields shaky results. Continue reading The Productive Struggle (post 2 of 3)
Boys need to belong to a group that provides a greater purpose for who they are and who they are becoming. A common offshoot of this desire is to join a sports team. Many young men identify with being an athlete; hence, cuts from sports team are difficult and can lead to an identity crisis for some. “If I did not make the team, then I am no longer an athlete. Who am I?” (More on this identity crisis in another post.)
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