The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

My first official working day at school was today...I witnessed ups and downs, heard screams of joy, and whirlpools of pessimism and
discontent. As I thought more about the "happy" people, and the not so
happy people, I decided to concentrate on why the "happy" people were
happy. I soon realized there seemed to be a couple underlying factors
that lead to their happiness / enthusiasm toward the new school year.

I have to preface this by saying we are introducing an entirely new
online gradebook / website for our school and district. Needless to
say, there are several staff members who are less than happy with the
idea of a new grade program being introduced two days before school
starts. Part of me does not blame them...

As educators grow and develop, they are given ample opportunities to
reinvent themselves. This new online gradebook / website is the perfect
opportunity for our staff members to be innovative, while giving them
the chance to reinvent the way they conduct classroom communication, as
well as building and establishing relationships with parents. I
understand that educators tend to be creatures of habit, but just as our
students change from year to year, day to day, and minute to minute, we
must have the ability to reinvent ourselves to address the ever
changing needs of our student population.

The "happy" people today were:

1- embracing change for the betterment of education and
supporting any initiative aimed at improving the educational process for
students, parents and educators.

2 - invigorated by the idea and opportunity to reinvent certain
components of their class, while accepting the fact that all new
initiatives take time and patience.

Over the course of a career in education, we will all experience
numerous changes and new programs. These changes will be both good and
bad, but it is imperative that we continually reinvent and innovate the
way we approach education.

-The educator that sees opportunity as a path to growth will be the educator to survive longest.

-The educator that reinvents him/herself in the pursuit of improving
education will have the greatest positive impact on his/her students.


-The educator using innovation as a tool to do his/her job more effectively...will be the happiest.

Let us use change and reform as a way to innovate, reinvent, adapt,
grow, and develop...most importantly, envision a world where you are in
control...it's all up to you!

Views: 53

Comment

You need to be a member of The Educator's PLN to add comments!

Join The Educator's PLN

About

Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

David Chiles posted a status
"Friends, networkers, developing my own online courses. Feel free to any online resources for lesson plans. Thanks"
May 16
Hos-Na Salehi and David Chiles are now friends
May 4
David Chiles posted a status
"Issues with online learning exist. AI test taking is creepy to students. Read more https://bit.ly/2zchfJW"
May 4
Hos-Na Salehi is now friends with alexpipo1985@yahoo.com and Erline Sherman
May 2
Erline Sherman updated their profile
Apr 30
Profile IconLizzy Cole, Emily Collins and Alaina LaManna joined The Educator's PLN
Apr 30
Profile IconErline Sherman, stacy doyon, Faraz Hussain and 30 more joined The Educator's PLN
Apr 28
Diana Martinez liked Thomas Whitby's video
Apr 26

© 2020   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service