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Where do titles come into play, actually make an appearance, during your life? I mean official job titles. I’m Coordinator of 21st Century Learning. In my department, we have a program specialist. We have a Teacher on Special Assignment. We are soon hiring a curriculum specialist.
Titles are on my business card. They emerge during introductions. But what do they do?
I think, to a large extent, they describe a social and power hierarchy in an organization. We know Executive Directors have more responsibility than Coordinators. Assistant Superintendents carry more clout than Teachers on Special Assignment.
What else do titles do? That’s not a rhetorical question. Give me some feedback.
Why don’t titles do? Titles may not tell you what people make. What they produce. What new creations and content they bring into the world. Another way to say it: when someone asks you what you do for a living, how accurate is your title as a response? I often find myself asking people when they share their title with me during an introduction, “What does that mean?” or “What does that look like?”
So, in writing this blog, I find myself reflecting how people’s titles clarify and streamline our work. Another way to phrase it: To what degree do our titles make our work smoother, clearer, better? What are your thoughts?
All these thoughts comes from this: I’m out of business cards and have to reorder. What should my business card say? My new department members don’t have any business cards yet either. What to do? Some ideas for designating “what I do” on business cards or in conversations:
- I create learning opportunities
- I design courses
- I ask questions
- I tell stories
- I take photos
- I broadcast live shows to inspire teachers to try new approaches
- I recruit teacher who want to explore new pedagogies
What do you do?
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Coordinating 21st Century Learning in Santa Ana & beyond. I practice art through photography. I raise funds for clean water with Team World Vision.