Pause to Reflect…
It’s easy to follow the usual road with the time you have in the day speeding by. Sometimes the road is not clear. I read a wonderful post by Chris Wejr, It’s Easy, which I found in my Twitter feed this morning.
It’s amazing how the path of a twitter feed leads to solutions. Have you ever felt as if what you do is for naught? –You’re given a task of leading others, and resistance abounds? Or perhaps it just seems that way because you receive little feedback?
The easy path is to give up, but then then this tweet appeared:
“Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”
“You can change it.” “Improve it.” “Make your mark upon it.”
It’s easy to step back and give up.
It’s hard to keep going to help “change it.”
After re-reading Chris’s post, I could now reply:
It’s easy to read this post and agree.
It’s hard to ignore the ignorers and focus on the movers.
It’s easy to forget that time and lack of tech are issues with teachers who wear so many hats in these changing and budget-strapped times.
It’s hard to search for support and solutions that encourage such choices.
It’s hard to do it all.
It’s easy to take one small step.
What small step?
Two other posts guided the path today:
WOW and a Wonder (something that is a specific praise and a question meant to guide them to think about one way they can improve)
2) a post on Facebook by my granddaughter:
Relationships are key. Appreciation is key. Build relationships and appreciate what has been done. Teachers are overwhelmed and under-appreciated. We all wear so many hats to help schools function and students learn, and the technology needed is not always at hand. During my teacher prep time (I teach full time), I take Tech walks (my other hat) to see what staff need. I need to preface the visit with a specific appreciation. And in staff meetings, I need to Wow before I Wonder.
Play to learn…
One small step to help move forward would be to WOW with a specific appreciation for what is working and improving. Appreciate the small steps by others. In staff meetings, WOW again the positive steps in tech use throughout the school. Then ask an “I wonder”– a small step that could be taken next — a step towards implementing technology by non-techy staff. Perhaps it will be an app for instruction; perhaps a way to communicate with students or parents; perhaps a tool for productivity. At any rate, start with a WOW and add an I wonder if…
So the road may be unseen, but find the path while wandering through the blossoms of appreciation to find the next staff-needed I wonder.
It’s hard to do it all.
It’s easy to start with one small step.