Saturday, March 3, 2018
Are You All In?
It's not uncommon for me to sit in a meeting, team conversation, or learning opportunity to see people with their phones out, answering emails on their computers, or being distracted by thinking beyond the moment. In today's world, people can multitask between devices in a meeting, but we all know engaged multitasking looks different than disengaged multitasking.
In my role as our district's literacy instructional leader, I am in a myriad of meetings across the day. One of the things I work hard to do is to be all in. Whether I am in a data team meeting with a team of teachers, professional learning community conversations with a group, a planning meeting with district leadership, or a book talk with a student book club, I am trying to train myself to be all in. That means I am listening, making sense of their ideas, and trying to work toward new understandings beside the people I am with at the time.
Too often we become distracted by the buzzes, bleeps, and notifications of our devices. We easily disengage from conversations to think about the next thing on our calendars. This can leave the people we are sitting beside feeling like they are not valued.
The next time you grab your phone, open up your email, or find yourself a million miles from the conversation. Ask yourself, "Am I all in?".