By Amy Rudd, Verizon Education Blogger
"Don't be afraid of change. You may end up losing something good,
but you will probably end up gaining something better."
by @ozlifeadvice via Twitter
Earlier in the summer as I began writing for Thinkfinity as a "Verizon Education Blogger," I had the mindset of a first grade teacher. And then that changed! I got a phone call and a letter to let me know I would be returning to my previous position as a literacy coach! A resounding cheer went up in the Rudd house and everyone was so excited. This is a change for me. As I now move from building to building (I have six in my care this year) and email to email, a recurring theme (THE Message) I keep hearing is one of change...
As educators, we are experiencing many changes this year!
- Change with implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
- Change in the educator evaluation system
- Change in the way we assess students (using MAP, DAP, and CAP along with PARCC)
- Change in participation expectations of PLCs (Professional Learning Communities)
- Change in our curriculum maps and how we are using our textbooks
- Change in technology use
This all boils down to a lot of CHANGE! So the question becomes, how do we adapt to all of these changes? Our union president advised us to breathe deeply, remain calm, and move forward. My "go to" is taking advice from stories in children's literature. And I have the perfect book to address how to move forward with all the changes taking place.
The little boy in the story, A Little at a Time by David Adler keeps asking great questions, just like many of us educators who are asking the tough questions these days. Grandpa, in the story, always responds with wonderful advice as many elders usually do by saying, "a little at a time."
David Adler's advice in the story is helpful to me! It will be the mantra I keep in my heart as I move through the year! We will learn together, "a little at a time," and at a pace similar to the advice of the tortoise in the fable, The Tortoise and the Hare: "Slow and steady wins the race."
How will you approach change in your professional life this year?