Change is going to happen. The sometimes slow but always certain current of change has momentum…tremendous momentum. But it is dumb and unrefined momentum…like an undeniable ocean current. Yes, ocean currents can pull you out to a formless sea, but they can also be used to navigate to incredible destinations.
If we accept that change WILL happen (whether we like it or not), then the next question must be “How can I manage the change & make it work for me and my students?”.
The good news is that we do have a choice in HOW the change happens. We can hasten it or redirect its energy to some degree.
We can’t stop it, but, in the same way that NASA uses the gravitational pull of planets to “slingshot” satellites to deep space, we can use the tug of inevitable change to move us in directions that are beneficial to one degree or another.
The certainty hidden or embedded in uncertainty is your free will.
The world is becoming more connect & it will require adult learners in the future to think quickly, access & mold (with purpose) information for a variety of student audiences. These adults are 5, 10, & 15 years old right now. These adults are sitting in your classroom waiting for you to choose to either make a conscious effort to use the momentum of change for their benefit or for yours or both.
There are adults in the future who are, themselves, reacting to change & making important decisions based on what you are showing them today in your classroom.
If they were to come back to you and ask for advise, of course you’d do your best to help.
The trick in being a teacher is to see the questions their adult selves will ask & address them in the here and now.
Change is happening and you can’t stop it…so use it to help you, your students, & our future:
1) Begin with relationships
2) Respect your students by challenging them
3) Assume the best
4) Use technology in meaningful ways (you may not live in a tech world…but they either are or will)
5)Take the ceiling off your thinking…don’t assume a final product for your students…assume & support quality work & thinking that will lead to a fabulous product
6) the person who does the work is doing the learning