I believe in change.
I change furniture often at home and school. I change my hair style, (but not as much as I did when I was a hairstylist). I change my toe nail color and the color of my walls. I change music on my radio and on my iPod. I change what I cook, favorite restaurants, and hobbies I enjoy. I change the way I teach (sometimes daily) with the groups of children I am teaching-no two are the same. And I am female, so of course I often change my mind.
But through it all, through the changes and need for change- some things stay the same.
I’ve been married to the same sweet guy for almost 28 years. I have lived in the same house for 12 years and the same town for 30 years. I have only taught at one school, and although I have taught first, prek, second and fourth grades, my heart has always been in first.
It’s because of these constants that I can be secure in my changes.
The same can be said for our kiddos. It’s the security they feel when they walk through our doors that give them the ability-the “want-to” to change-to grow.
I tell my parents that this is the time of year that we will really see growth in their child (or lack thereof). It’s around this time that they really take off in reading and writing. I love to watch their faces when they realize they have moved to the next level.
The common core is a fast approaching change that will affect almost all of us-teachers, parents, students, and administration. For some it is very scary. I believe it’s our approach to this change that will make it a joy instead of a hindrance.
Just like our kiddos that find their wings and fly in January, next year, when we delve full force into the common core, I believe we will find it to be not too far from the safe shores of teaching we already know, and we too will soar.
Some people are afraid of change, some worry about the unknown and what it will bring.
I believe change is the constant that keeps our teaching relevant, our lives operative.
I believe in the power of change, and I believe you will be the constant that helps your kids, and colleagues through this new adventure in teaching.
Embrace the change. J