Do you ever get to a teacher institute day, a faculty meeting, or an end of the year wrap up and wonder…“am I doing this all on my own?” When new initiatives are implemented in schools or someone wants you to try a new curriculum, do you ever feel like you are the only one that is embracing the change? There are always the people that go hog wild and say things like, “yes, I am so in, let’s get started!” and then there are others that say things like, “ugh, we’ve had new initiatives before, they never stick, I’ll just do what needs to be done until the new one comes along.” Why? Why are people so resistant to change? Why not try something new? You might just find yourself improving personally and professionally?!
Well, I am here to tell you, if you haven’t guessed already, I am of the “go hog wild” adage and dive in feet first. I want to know what I am learning, I want to know how am I going to incorporate it into my classroom, AND I want to know how it is going to better my students. Let me say that again, “how is it going to better my students?” Sometimes I feel like I am the lonely teacher on the totem pole out there making sure my students are going to benefit from the “new” behavioral procedures, the “new” curriculum, or the “new” grading process that is being implemented. (BTW – I know this is not true for all teachers). But sometimes the perception is that I am the only one. Don’t get me wrong, I have done my fair share of bitching, but I have to remember to be present and reframe the frustration. I have to jump on the bandwagon or it just might leave without me.
So, I guess what I’m saying is…give something a try! You’ll never know how it might affect your teaching or your students learning unless you try it. Be open-minded, maintain a growth mindset, go with the flow, learn all you can about the initiative and starve off that feeling of being out there all on your own.