Have you ever wondered why transformation does not happen in your life as you would like? Or why authentic learning does not happen among individuals or students in a manner that changes thought or action? Read on and let me offer you some helpful insights.
We can get discouraged but the truth is that we may just need to tweak our process.
Change is difficult. And whether we wanted the change or it was thrust upon us, there are now new forests with new trails that are just not familiar. And it can feel hard to get in our “groove.”
It has been said that hindsight is always 20-20. For me, the physical representation of that idea is the rear-view mirror. Most often, this unheralded piece of equipment is primarily used to keep a look at what is going on behind you for ensuring safety with current decisions. But have you ever thought about the rear-view mirror of your life that can be used for effective leadership in your own decisions or in your classroom?
Have you ever read the story of Chicken Little? Henny Penny believes imminent disaster is at hand when an acorn falls on her head, convincing her that the sky is falling. If you know the story, Henny Penny and her friends come to an abysmal end at the hand (or paws) of Foxey Loxey. If you were to look at the leadership and communication techniques of Henny Penny, there was little to be desired. Her tale could have really been titled “Chicken Little: Why I Ran Around Like My Head Was Cut Off.”
Transition is never easy. Though we like things to change, we also do not like things to change. We do not want to fall into the proverbial wagon ruts, but yet we can often find safety and a sense of stability in those ruts.
It was about 3.5 months ago on February 27 that my father and friend passed away. As with many who leave this earth, it was sudden and caught us all by surprise. Though I have no doubt that he is enjoying eternity in heaven, it is a bit surreal to be celebrating my first Father’s Day without my dad in the picture. And so I commemorate this post to Antone Henry Goyak.
I read a quote yesterday in one of the blogs that I subscribe to and it so articulated my own thought that I just could not say it any better. Each of us is designed by God for a calling, and as a teacher, we use metaphors such as “gardener” to illustrate the hidden agenda of the classroom. Students may walk into and out of our classrooms but we take great joy, that over time, our contribution was to help each student find their own point of gladness and contribute to something bigger than their own self as they get older. Fredrick Buechner says it this way:
In all your busyness of the classroom, in all your lesson prep, in all your tests and quizzes, never, EVER, lose sight of the bulls-eye.
For much of my educational life, I have heard a lot about learning styles, or learning modalities. “Modalities” is not a word we use a lot, so you may have forgotten its context within education. The term simply refers to being taught in the manner in which one learns best. The three most-referenced learning styles are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic…or see, hear, and do.
Do you feel at times as if your teaching gets into the proverbial rut and your “wagon” is following all of the other “wagons” ahead of it? Then consider adding a new tool to your instructional tool belt that will also ramp up the mojo in your classroom.