Be the change, being a teacher

We Can Be

We can be afraid or we can do something... @pernilleripp

We can be afraid of the changes that are coming.  We can be afraid of the ideas we have.

We can be afraid of how others may view us.  We can even be afraid of what we will think of ourselves.

We can let our fears of failure, of success, or of no change at all determine our course and steer our path.

As educators we can spend a lot time being afraid.  We can spend a lot of time thinking about all the things that can go wrong, that probably will go wrong, that must certainly will go wrong.  We can think of all of the reasons why something won’t work, won’t fit, won’t do.

Or we can stop.

We can stop waiting for permission that may never come.

We can stop worrying about what others will think.

We can stop waiting for everyone to get on board, for others to speak up, for someone else to take the lead.

We can wait for the better teacher.

We can wait for better students.

We can wait for a better team, or a better administration, or a better time, or district, or state.

Or we can do .

We can try.

And we can change.

Because our students are waiting for permission to be taught.  They aren’t waiting for another teacher to show up, or to go to another school, or to be told that school is about them again.

So what is your choice?

If you like what you read here, consider reading my book Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students.  Also, if you are wondering where I will be in the coming year or would like to have me speak, please see this page.



1 thought on “We Can Be”

  1. Pernille, you speak to me! I was having these EXACT thoughts yesterday, but you have helped me turn those thoughts around and I am not okay with this “waiting” mindset. So thankful that I attended your workshop (last minute!) in Grand Forks, ND. I feel you are already instrumental in shaping me as a new teacher. I so admire you!

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