The other day I was a part of a extremely uncomfortable yet extremely rewarding conversation. I’ll admit that I can occasionally become defensive – doubly so with people that I am protective of. People who have put their trust in me – who have supported me in my hopes…my vision.
In our conversation, we were analyzing the effectiveness of a particular group, and people got REALLY defensive. Throughout our conversation I began thinking to myself, “How many times do we not address problems because of our refusal to be reflective? And because of our refusal to reflect, we stay stuck in the same rut….unable to move forward?”
Unfortunately, I think the answer is “too many times…”, which is really sad. In this world, you can not afford to be stagnate. Things are changing at a rapid pace, so we must do the same. And in these ever changing times, things are going to get uncomfortable, how can they not? ‘Growing pains’ as my grandma used to say.
But if we’re in it for the right reasons: to improve the lives of our children and develop students that are life long learners and productive adults in their society – then we have no other choice.
We have to look beyond our feelings of defensiveness, fear of inadequacies, and sometimes just plain stubbornness and/or laziness so that we can move forward to providing better learning environments for our kids! I see no other option.
Until the next time,