“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over again, yet expecting different results.”
Change is different
Change can be daunting, scary, refreshing, and energizing. All at the same time
Some changes are (relatively) easy…
I can change my hair color
I have the prerogative to change my mind. Often. And I do
I change the oil in my car (or, I know where to take it and pay someone to do it)
I change my Facebook status
- Some changes are rare
- Some changes are welcome…
Some changes are out of our control
…I want to believe that most changes really are within our control, if we look close enough and if we want it bad enough
Change makes me happy, usually. Even if it’s not easy, change means I’m not afraid of taking chances. I like to make things happen, it’s the somewhat controlling person in me who is always trying to fix something and make it better.
I want change and I do want it bad enough to take some chances and make some changes.
I’m a teacher, and I don’t need Superman. I need a growth mindset, a positive attitude, and an effective plan.
Education needs change.
Our kids deserve change. Change for the better.
Some things I can change, a few I can not.
I can not change a child’s home life and I can not use that as an excuse.
But I do know what I can change.
As a teacher with 24 learners, I can change the future, times 24!
I have been given the opportunity to make. change. happen. every. single. day!
Putting change to work in the classroom is….well,
Like the commercial says:
…So about that classroom change?
I’ve been stuck in my ways, (still am in oh so many ways…), but I’m opening my mind, listening to new ideas, researching current effective trends in education, as well as reviving old tried and true practices, and most importantly…I’m collaborating with enthusiastic co-workers!
Things are changing in our classroom. For the better.
I chose to give up
some control; I want to be a facilitator in our classroom, not a leader. I want those ever-creative, open-minded, fresh-thinking 5 year-olds to be in charge of their own learning…
I want to encourage them to learn through discovery… they don’t need me as much as you may think; they are becoming more independent everyday.
It’s not necessary for me to hover over them. My role is to make myself progressively unnecessary, Thomas Carruthers told me so.
We can’t wait for superman, we don’t have to.
We have all that we need to make changes.
The first change is our mindset.
Change sounds simple. Right? It really is. If you want it bad enough.
daunting, scary, refreshing and energizing. All at the same time good, just ask any of my 5 year-old co-workers.
You will be sure to hear 24 very unique answers.
May THAT NEVER CHANGE…