Here is an exceptionally easy way to kill innovation and positive movement in your school: tell people “we did that __ years ago”.
It is a sure fire way to save you time growing the idea, building upon past successes/failures, and mentoring teacher leaders through the process. It is a sure fire way to keep meetings short and painless. It is sure fire way to maintain comfort. It is sure fire way to remain a manager.
The choice is yours:
- Kill possibilities by proclaiming how that was tried in the past or done already
- Give life to possibilities by being a leader and mentor that builds upon the past instead of using it as an excuse