My family and I planted a garden this weekend and it made me think about how each of us has been planted this year in our own school, wherever we may be around the globe.
In our garden, each of our plants is so different, so unique, some provide food, while other beautiful colors. Some, like the bamboo need more water than others, while the cacti (Jaws, Spikey, Harry, and Horntail, as named by my two kids) need very little. Some trees are already producing limes and we even have strawberries. Our family must all work together to grow this garden. For even if one plant isn't getting what it needs and begins to wilt, the whole garden will not flourish.
We want our whole staff at our schools to be successful. In order to do this we must work together to support one another. How? If we see someone that might need a little extra boost (fertilizer or maybe even sheering-), help out, say an encouraging word, give a compliment, and watch how we all will grow! It is amazing how much sunlight a smile can bring.
Collaboration and teamwork are keys to success. We have all been part of many groups and the extraordinary ones, research shows, all have certain characteristics in common. Extraordinary groups have a compelling purpose, shared leadership, just enough structure, full engagement, embrace differences, unexpected learning, strong relationships, and great results! (Bellman and Ryan, 2009).
I am excited to watch my new garden at home grow this year, but more importantly I am thrilled to be part of an extraordinary team at a school where each one of us is learning and growing together.
Best wishes to you and to your garden (or school) in which you chose to be part of this year. May you grow abundantly and may you also support others around you in creating a beautiful learning environment for all our students around the world to grow.