change

To Change Your Change

image from icanread

I have often pondered change and how it truly starts with me.  How change is something we all probably strive for, but few of us fully embrace.  How change doesn’t have to be all or nothing, but can be small steps in one direction and giant leaps in another.  Sometimes change comes about out of necessity, sometimes out of sheer survival needs sometimes change comes from boredom, other times from inspiration.  Wherever change comes from it does seem to be a constant in education today.

And yet, sometimes, ever so often, change is simply not enough.  The idea that you have, however grand and wonderful, just doesn’t win anyone over.  It doesn’t change anyone’s mind, or approach, indeed it changes nothing at all.  And that’s perhaps when one has to focus on a different change; changing the people that you present your idea to.  Perhaps your change would benefit from a new audience and a new approach.  Perhaps your change is simply not being heard by the right ears or viewed by the right eyes.  So rather than going to the one trusted confidante seek someone else out.  Perhaps rather than going to your circle of cheerleaders go to someone who you think will disagree, someone who may be reluctant, someone who may argue, and then see how your change holds up.
Perhaps your change can meet someone else’s change and together you can change something really big.  Perhaps together you will find out that change is not really what is needed but instead refinement or further exploration will do just fine.  Perhaps change is not really that frightening and someone new may embrace it.  Whatever happens, think about what you want to change and why you want to change it, then see how you can change your approach to changing it.  And perhaps, in the end, you will find that change was not really needed but a new collaboration was.

2 thoughts on “To Change Your Change”

  1. Especially in education, change often means taking a risk. And these risks are almost always responsible risks. It's just that so many educators get too comfortable behind their walls and get stuck in routines. We can't be afraid to try something new. And if it works, great. And if it doesn't, then at least we now know that.

  2. What a well-timed post as the 2012-2013 school year kicks off! Having worked on a variety of teams, with varying levels of collaborative players on those teams, this post rings loud and clear. I think the image you chose for the post says it all. How can one judge the actions/decisions of others when they themselves didn't seek out feedback of opinions of said others? Doing so, or getting into a habit of judging others and forming inaccurate opinons on them is a dangerous route to choose. I'd contend just the opposite should be taking place in the hallways. I like the point of seeking out coworkers outside of the usual 'cheerleaders'. I've tried to make it a point to build relationships with those that I am less familiar with the past few years. Doing so will at best bring more resources and expertise to my arsenal, and at worst, alert me to those that I should steer clear of!

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