The ability to change our schools is really dependent on our ability to change our own thinking, then our behaviors and practices at work. Principals with a fixed mindset aren’t able to change their schools in a meaningful or sustainable way because they are fixed in the mindset that school change means change for everyone and everything else, but not to change themselves.
A growth mindset on the other hand is also fixed, but in a very different way, fixed on learning. This allows the brain to grow stronger like a muscle by experimenting with new and challenging ideas and problems. Principals with a growth mindset reflect on their own decisions, behaviors, data, and discussions intent on becoming better leaders of change.
But here’s where things get tricky. Principals with fixed mindsets often demonstrate the same ENTHUSIASM for change as principals with growth mindsets. They might even spend MORE money on curriculum resources AND attempt MORE changes to the school then someone with a growth mindset.
Consequently, schools are in a mess, teachers are frustrated, and students aren’t learning.
Here are the 13 Questions to Ask when you as a principal are preparing to make a change or introduce an innovation into your school. The answers will help get you in the right mindset for leading school change.