Saturday, April 20, 2013
Saturday Sayings: Two Kinds
This quote meshes well with a thought that's been swirling around in my head of late. Maybe this is an oversimplification, but I've come to the conclusion that when it comes to change, there are basically two kinds of teachers. There's the teacher who's typically on the receiving end of change, rarely on a mission to track it down, and then there's the teacher who is seeking out change and creating it for themselves. The teacher who receives change, whether happily or not, doesn't typically have a choice. They are pushed along simply because change happens. Sometimes this kind of change proves to be helpful and sometimes it's not, but most likely they're stuck with it regardless. The teacher who creates change isn't waiting for mandates from oftentimes faceless people who will never set foot in their classroom. Instead, they're constantly searching out instructional changes as a result of their own daily research. They're reading, reflecting, and seeking. On a personal note, my life is one of consistency. Change in my daily routines is not necessarily appreciated, but as a teacher, I strive to be a creator of change instead of simply letting it push me around.