We need to be open to:
- Students being more collaborative, in and outside of the classroom through connected online learning.
- Curriculum that is more student centered and real-world.
- Curriculum that focuses on authentic student learning experiences.
- Teachers facilitating learning rather than in control of learning.
- Teachers using inquiry to let students explore and question their learning.
- Teachers creating curriculum rather than using a textbook as the curriculum.
- Letting students use technology devices as part of their natural learning rather than directing when and how they can use the technology.
All of the above requires us to think differently and be open to change. In my experience it seems that people who have the easiest time with change are the one's who are comfortable taking risks, making mistakes, and then using this information to improve. They are not afraid to admit when they are wrong. They share freely and reflect often.
Are we being good role-models for our students if we are not flexible in our thinking? Shouldn't we be willing to show students that we all make mistakes and are uncomfortable in some situations but with some self-encouragement, collaboration, and perseverance we can make it through? The video below, which was shared by George Couros, is a good example of this.
Take some time to reflect on the following questions:
How am I embracing change rather than fighting it?
If I am not comfortable with change, what can I do to make it easier?
How am I leveraging innovation and creativity in my teaching?
How am I helping others who might be having a more difficult time with change?
What are my contributions to promoting instructional shifts and change in a positive way?
How am I taking charge of my own learning to make the changes that are necessary for my students to be successful in today's world?