In some capacity, everyone is waiting for an area of their life to change.
As educators, we always want to improve in many sectors, but we often do not feel in the driver’s seat of teaching due to ever changing curriculum, standards, assessments, and more. These factors beyond the control of teachers lead them to feel stuck in a conundrum while thinking, “Where do I even begin when each day something else is the new best practice?”
So, we wait for someone to give us the magic professional development and recipe for success. With an expert’s opinion, we can then be sure that what we are doing is correct, right?
Wait…not so fast.
I am a words and book junkie. I value the art of connecting on a global scale and learning from experts each day. But, I also know that we as educators are professionals. We are good at what we do. We love our kids, and we work hard to do what is best for them each day. We build upon our practice consistently.
So, let us stop underestimating ourselves. Let’s stop waiting. Let us begin to trust who we are and our innate abilities.
Whatever that goal is that you have in mind, just go for it.
What do you want at your school?
Do you want to try a paperless classroom? Try it. Do you want to start makerspaces at your school? Do it.
Be your personal advocate and never look back.
We cannot wait on others. Each time we halt, we become a roadblock to each other and to the students we serve.
Be bold enough to try and be relentless enough to try it again and again.
The results will not always be picture perfect, but you can never improve if you are not courageous enough to take the first step.
Go forth and be awesome,