I know this will come as no surprise, but change is hard. Mind blown, right?
We are humans. As humans we like at least a little consistency. And it is normal. It is okay.
But…sometimes change is necessary and important.
Change challenges us. It pushes our limits. It helps us see what we are capable of. It helps us grow. It makes us better people. It makes us better humans.
Change is hard. Change is good. This makes change complicated. And this complicated thing called change applies to our classroom.
Change as a teacher is hard…but it also good. It helps us become better teachers…and it helps our students become better people. When we grow and transform throughout the year, our students follow suit and do the same.
And isn’t this our main goal as teachers? Bigger than content? Bigger than grades? Growth and transformation?
How does this happen? Trying new things. Making new choices. Challenging ourselves. Perseverance. These are all the key to change…and again, they are hard. But they are worth it.
What does these mean for you personally?
I guess that depends on you? Are there changes you can make? What are some things you are holding on to? Classroom arrangement? Teaching strategies? Use of technology (using more or using less)? Collaborating with others?
There is no end to the questions I could ask for, but I will leave that to you. You are a reflective teacher…you know where you can challenge yourself with change.
I hope I am making sense here. I just have been thinking a lot about challenging myself through change. As you can see, if you have been coming to the blog for a while, I just changed it pretty dramatically…and that is one of the inspirations for this post.
(On a side note, what do you think of the blog makeover?)
More than the blog though, I have been trying to take on some challenges. I have been planning a very difficult lesson that is going to be used by a lot of students…and though it has been hard, it has been good. I have learned a lot about myself through the challenge.
So, what are some things you can work on, change, and take on as a challenge?
I tell you, whatever they are, they are worth the hard work you will put in! And I know you will put in that work because you are awesome! You are such a great teacher! I know you are not afraid of change. I totally have your back and believe it you! You rock!
Keep on teaching, Teacher!