Back in May I had a pivotal discussion with George Couros. I won’t give you the nitty-gritty details here, much of the convo is documented on Verena Robert’s great post Commander Chris Hadfield, Canadian Hero and Education Disruptor. However the end result was I woke up the following Monday morning and realized I had been wrong (big step!).
Wrong about how I saw myself. Wrong about how I viewed the change process within the system. Wrong in that I had seen my work, myself, my initiatives, as outside of and different from the system. Somehow George’s comments had caused me to reflect and admit to myself that I was wrong in my point of view (although at the time I vehemently disagreed with him).
Move forward a month and my valued Twitter friend Chris Wejr writes an insightful post: If We Have a Good idea Don’t Give it a Name, which extends my thinking further. Chris has previously pushed my thinking in how I have defined myself as a “flipped class” teacher.
I wonder: Is my own definition of myself is my greatest hurdle?; Do I need to define myself?; How do I define the change process; through my own point of view or merged with others?
I step away.
I reflect deeply and realize I DO want to actively engage in the change process here, in this system.
And so…when I see an opportunity that I had previously seen as not relevant to me…I jumped.
This weekend past I packed up and moved out of my classroom. After 22 years in a classroom, I will be leaving the classroom to join our school district’s Instructional Leadership Team.
I am sure.
I am sure, I am ready work in this system, to meet people where they are at, to listen, to empathize, and to grow with them.
Thank you to all that have supported me as a teacher.
Thank you to so many that have encouraged and fostered my growth.
I am scared of the unknown but I know you have my back.
Let’s go! Together.
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym