After reading The 4 Disciplines of Execution, as well as the Influencer, I have come to see that it takes strategic effort to set aside the whirlwind and focus on those one or two "wildly important goals" in order for effect changes to take place in education. By identifying achievable goals and setting vital behaviors (a major component of the Influencer Model), and setting those goals up with the 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) model, effective change can come easy!
The influencer model, discussed in my previous post, allows for you to focus on six sources of influence that are broken into two main groups of motivation and ability, and then further broken down into what are intrinsic (personal) and extrinsic (social and structural) motivators. This model gives great clarity to motivations and abilities that should be addressed on a team. 4DX provides a way to achieve and measure these same goals.
Below I outline a plan for increasing use of the iPad by teachers and administration at the beginning of 1:1 iPad implementation. The daily whirlwind of grading, emails, and managing students can overtake a teacher, but by focusing on one specific goal using the 4DX plan, changes in the pedagogy and delivery of learning can occur through the support of the iPad for teachers and administration.