I am a BIG fan of Daniel Pink and I eat, sleep and breath his concept of “Mastery, Autonomy and Purpose”.
I am passionate about Moonshot Thinking: I feel educators do not always feel they have a voice and choice because they are feeling overwhelmed with administrative tasks, procedures and meetings that do not motivate them. They mostly feel that they are following a plan that was not chosen and created by them, so they sort of lose the flame.
My passion is to bring this spark back by supporting teachers in making radical changes in their classroom and get back their powers.
I love to use design thinking and cognitive coaching to work on those change and mediation aspects. Teachers will come up with a goal and create an innovation plan. They need to find their moonshot, their wild and crazy ideas: something difficult BECAUSE educators need to challenge themselves and feel proud when achieving their goal.
I also love all “disruptors” in education 🙂 like Jennie Magiera (“fail forward”), Sugata Mitra (who make us rethink the role of the teacher?) and Esther Woj (“don’t micromanage students”) but beyond “disruption”, I embrace an optimistic vision, like ISTE, and love to be a steward of technology.
I am fascinated by making people go beyond thinking and start DOING by putting their vision into practice. It’s often a very hard step to take. Lots of educators have amazing ideas but they wait wait wait… it’s time to take risks and throw yourself into the unexpected!
My coaching style is to, first, to model best practices without thinking that I know it all, to learn with teachers, to reply to queries fast, to be approachable and always push others to become the best version of themselves. I do not provide negative feedback, I support everyone in their learning, wherever they are at when we start. The most important value, as a coach, is “trust”. Without trust, teachers will not open up. Another important aspect is building relationships and making yourself an equal partner in learning: I like to explore with educators and I like to press my “fail” button when I can figure it out (yet!). I consider myself a serial-mistake-maker! I think making mistakes is essential in learning and I sometimes fake making mistakes to force someone’s awareness (for example, I would ask people to click on different tabs when I actually know which one is the correct one so that they explore while feeling safe and they find the answer by themselves).
Therefore, a very crucial way of getting everyone on board with a moonshot, is to get them to tinker with things: make, code, cook, whatever they want, as long as they get the point that learning is a process of trial and error and we should nurture this approach when teaching.
I define myself as a glocal educator: I love collaboration within my school (especially with students) and beyond my continent. Google+ and Twitter are my favorite tools to connect with others.