Here is a timely post on the subject of change in schools. A.J. shares 3 guiding statements to support the change process.
Speaking of change, I love this quote from Maya Angelou- “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
Below is an excerpt from his post.
Most of us got into education because we wanted to make a difference in the lives of our students.
Education is the bridge to so many opportunities in this country and around the world. We know as teachers and school leaders the avenues it can open up to any student, and we also know how hard it is for some students to overcome personal circumstances without the help of teachers who care and want to make a difference.It seems that change (and there has been much of it in the last 5, 10, 15 years) frustrates many of us, and leaves us desperate for some consistency in the teaching profession.
I wouldn’t argue that point.Yet, change (like anything else), is not all bad and not all good. It’s a mixed bag. What is true is that change is constant. It’s also getting exponentially quicker. This is not only in education, but in many fields of work. It’s taken a while for change to pick up the speed with which we now see it in the classroom, but it has always been there.So, how do we handle this as teachers and school leaders? How can we keep the frustration and desperation from boiling over and hurting all potential progress? More importantly how can we make sure the frustration and desperation does not trickle down to our students and impact their learning experience in a negative way?