It has been a massive week here at school with one thing and another. As I walked away on Friday I ticked over 54 hours in school for the week. No violins please it is the job and I love it. I thought about meetings though as I was driving home. Here are some pieces of GOLD.
PIECE OF GOLD #1: Never have a meeting run more than an hour.
Research tells us that adults need to switch up activities every 5-20 minutes to stay engaged. This will give you at least four different topics to discuss during your meeting. Your audience will not be able to mentally digest any more than this.
PIECE OF GOLD #2: Turn your meetings into work sessions.
If you ask educators what they need more of, often they will say time. Teachers need time to grade, plan, and analyse assessment data. SLT need time work on strategic plans, balance budgets, and analyse formative and summative assessments, among other tasks. Turning your meetings into work sessions to complete these essential tasks will benefit everyone. Plus, it will make everyone more productive, and more collaborative. It will also make them happier.
PIECE OF GOLD #3: Try flipping your meeting.
The flipped classroom concept has been around for years. Teachers preparing content online and letting their students work on it at their own pace instead of needless lecturing has shown to be very effective. Why not run your meetings the same way? After all, educational leaders should be modelling research-based strategies. Bringing in instructional technology will create excitement and intrigue.
PIECE OF GOLD #4: Cancel your meeting if it is not needed.
If you have nothing to meet about, please do everyone a favour and cancel the meeting. There is nothing wrong with sending out information via email.
PIECE OF GOLD #5: Prioritize Mentoring or Coaching Meetings.
These are vital for go forward.