Are you a fixer?


Jimmy Casas writes about trying to solve other people’s problems as a school manager: “It made me feel good that I was helping others and most of the time they appreciated it. However, what I eventually learned was that not only did the problems never seem to go away, they seemed to multiply ten times over to the point of frustration.”  With time, he found a way to coach his team so that they could come up with their own solutions. He lists 10 steps to greater independence of all team members, some of which can also be applied to classroom teaching. And the final empowering thought: “Almost every dilemma you will encounter as a classroom teacher or a school or district leader will have a solution, it just doesn’t have to be you who comes up with it.” Very true!


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