Each EmpowerED 3.2.1 features a brief summary of my musings about and learning from multiple disciplines as they apply to leadership in education.
3 Big Ideas
The “progress principle” is critical to small wins. Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during the work day, making progress in meaningful work is tops. In schools, the progress principle is observed as students demonstrate learning with rigorous assignments and a growth mindset; as teachers take deep data dives to design meaningful lessons; and as principals provide feedback that supports teachers and points them to improved practice.
Small wins form a pattern of consistent winning. They keep people from feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of change and promote learning as you go. Regular celebrations that highlight progress can propel performance!
See Just ASK Deeper Dive: “Small Wins to Celebrate and Ways to Celebrate Them.”
A person’s “inner work life” on any given day fuels performance for that day and can even affect performance the next day. Apply this to our classrooms and see motivating and personalized learning, kind words and authentic interest, culturally relevant learning, and equity of opportunity.
See “The Power of Small Wins” from the Harvard Business Review.
“Small wins have a transformational power. Once a small win has been accomplished, forces are set in motion to favor another small win and another small win until the combination of these small wins lead to larger and greater accomplishments.”
Biotech scientist, educator, speaker, and author
Vancouver, British Columbia
What small wins can you identify to boost motivation and performance and how might you celebrate them?
About the Author: Marcia Baldanza is also the author of Professional Practices, a Just ASK Senior Consultant. and adjunct professor at Virginia Tech. Until recently she worked for the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida, where she was an Area Director for School Reform and Accountability; prior to that she was Director of Federal and State Programs.