It never ceases to amaze me how often an inconsistency exists between what our stated beliefs are, and how we actually choose to behave.
We tell kids that mistakes are how we learn, and validate that they didn’t behave that way for no reason… but then we judge and roll our eyes at a colleague when they handle a difficult situation poorly.
We say that in our school we believe in respect… but we condescendingly shoot down a colleague’s idea at a staff meeting.
We say that we believe in life-long learning…. but when the principal presents a new initiative, we disengage and refuse to participate because we are already too busy trying to get through the day.
This is why it’s so important for staff to come together as a group and reflect on what our core values are, and evaluate our actions. It’s very easy to get caught up in the moment and react, rather than look inside ourselves and think about our values and beliefs, and allow those to guide us.
And if that’s what we want our kids to do, shouldn’t we do the same?