Almost a year ago I graduated from the Pepperdine MALT program as a proud member of Cadre 14. As I completed the writing for my Action Research project I reflected on my MALT journey as part of the final reflection for the report.
Now I am reflecting back on the journey since I graduated. After gradation I reported to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY . I have been there almost a year. I work in the Center for the Advancementof Leader Development and Organizational Learning (CALDOL) where I teach a Leadership course to Firsties (Seniors) based on the Mission Command leadership philosophy . I have always believed that a leaders job is to create more leaders, not more followers. Having stepped out of the operational Army and into the classroom on the academic side and assuming the identity of “Teacher” I really see that teachers are leaders and are truly leader developers. They set the example everyday (Whether it is a good or bad example is another issue) in the classroom. I see it as my job to challenge the cadets in the class through discussion and interaction by creating engaging, stimulating content for the classroom.
In the MALT program the majority of my classmates were educators and I really benefitted from that exposure. I learned just as much from my peers as from the faculty through the discussions and interaction throughout the program.
Below are some takeaways from the program I implemented in my classroom that I learned from faculty and peers or through my research project. Each of these is connected to a separate blog post written during the academic year:
Digital Storytelling- I assigned a digital storytelling assignment to the class I teach. Leaders should be creative, and this is a way to practice creativity. The cadets had 2-3 minutes to present some of the major developmental experiences from a famous military officers career. My instructions to them were to document the references, be creative, and come up with their own approach. Here are a few examples from my class:
I am looking forward to my next year in the classroom and continuing to learn and develop. FIRED UP!!!!