Over Christmas, I was asked by friends what the New Year had in store for me as a professional? My response was considered; however, vague. Unlike other years where my role and direction was very clear, this year was totally different. This year is one where major changes are about to happen for my team and I. It is a time where many of our practices formed over years of working in silo's were going to be torn down as we move into a new facility designed for team teaching with a minimum of 5 teachers and over 100 students. This change will force countless amounts of unknown practical transformations along with major pedagogical shifts in us individually as professionals by removing our ability to hide our professional practice behind walls away from each other.
Now, for most of us when the word "change" is mentioned we are distressed; however, we don't be afraid of the word change; it just means that you stop doing some things you've been doing and start doing some things you haven't been doing. For example, stop thinking negative thoughts and start thinking positively, stop settling in your comfort zone and step out of the boat, stop procrastinating and start taking the opportunities that arise.
We know that staying motionless and keeping the things the same is not an option, this brings stagnation and ultimately atrophy. It's also true to say it's not enough to just wish for something different and hope that the modifications to our situation will just fall in our laps. To navigate change well we need to have personal leadership, leading from the inside out. We need to decide to actively accept and develop so that we can possess positive outcomes of the change that is happening so that we can bless our students.