Day 92 (of 187) my prethink for Sunday’s #bcedchat on change
Some people will say change is hard. I prefer to think that calculus is hard (it’s like someone just made it up!) while change is….uncomfortable – though some are more comfortable with change than others. My own education experience (k-12) wasn’t particularly gruesome but I know that the school system was not working for many of my peers – and likely a reason that I followed the lead of my forward thinking father who embraced change that would help more students see themselves as learners.
When my dad changed the typing lab into a computer lab, there were questions about why the change. When I campaigned hard for our new lab to be laptops rather than desktops, people were uncomfortable with the change. My own mindset for comfort came through my use of passion projects which became geniushour and PBL (Project based learning) I adjusted from “embracing chaos” to “trusting the process” with a big part being aware of and comfortable with the “implementation dip”
Also known as “what you plan vs reality”
And acknowledge that some people feel uncomfortable when things don’t go smoothly – I liken these people to the classically trained pianists who like practice to be predictable and then refine what is already very good & familiar before performing! There’s also the dive-bar-jazz-combo that kinda know what’s going to happen and after a bit of chaos, things work out. Both create good music, but one mindset is “more okay” with things not working out in a linear plan.
Change can be big….small….ongoing – we can see how language (pronunciation and spellings) does change overtime, even if we think that it doesn’t….because it’s change that is like watching kids grow – the ones at home never seem to change….the ones you see twice a year seem to grow like weeds!
It’s why I like to say in school that the supports and services in May should not look like what we started with in September. It is also valuable to take some time and think about how classes are going. Sometimes what looks good on paper in september….changes (likewise groups that appear challenging can sometimes work surprisingly well)
Change happens. So try something. Because some changes are inevitable….. modular seating….. mobile tech in classrooms…. geniushour and pbl…. self regulation strategies…. efolios and archiving examples of student learning with formative descriptive feedback loops……