Monday, April 2, 2012

Oh No, Not Another Change - Why Stay Skeptical When Curiosity is More Fun?

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A new curriculum is announced for next school year... again.  Every year since I have started something new has been introduced and so I find myself in the back of the group, murmuring about how once again something new is coming, more money being spent, more time needed to learn, to understand, to adapt.  Once again I have to rewrite everything.  Once again; change.  I go home and discuss it with Brandon who stops me in my tracks with a simple question; why not get excited about it?  And I think, yes, why not, indeed?

Why not replace my skepticism with curiosity?  Why not embrace the new like I do within my own classroom; try it out and then judge it.  Why am I, already, after only 4 years of changing turning into that teacher, you know, the one that is quick to judge.  The one that jumps to conclusions, the one that wants things to stay the same because they are not broken and do not need to be fixed, thank you very much.  I change things every year, I hardly ever use the same lessons, I change so it fits my kids, my mood and my goals.  I change because if I became static I would be bored out of my mind and few things are worse than a bored teacher  So why am I already so stuck in my teaching ways that I have to be the one adding negative thoughts to a new initiative?  I don't know how that happened so soon.

So I renew my vow of positivity.  I want to embrace the new, which does not mean going into it blind, but rather than I will stay open to it.  I will explore it, adapt it and make it work for me.  I will give things a change, suspend my judge.  Stay curious and not assume it will be awful.  I am much too young to be so stuck in my ways and that is a healthy lesson for me to learn.  Let's hope I don't forget it.

2 comments:

Jessica said...

Our school board has just decided to adopt the Common Core Standards for next year. I am really excited to have something a bit more higher-level, something more geared to my seeing something another teacher is doing and being inspired to make it work in my room. Is this similar to what is happening to you?

Nick Jaworski said...

I love this post. One of the biggest challenges I face as a director is encouraging people to look at change in a positive light. Too often we become stuck with the status quo, which means we are no longer striving to improve. As you mentioned, we constantly push our students to try new things, so when we have to try new things, why the resistance?

 

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