A few weeks ago we made a mess! A really, really big one. We began to question everything we believed about education.
We questioned our purpose.
We questioned what we thought was best for kids.
We even questioned how we should organize our classrooms and our teaching teams.
After the dust settled and we began sifting through the mess we made, we started to see all of our ideas as more than just things we needed to throw away or put back where they once were. Instead, we were able to begin to sort our mess in to piles. As we sorted, we of course threw some things away. We also uncovered ideas that we didn’t really like anymore, but as we sorted we also discovered that buried amidst the mess were glimmers of new ideas. Many of these new ideas aren’t fully developed yet, but they’re a start. We don’t have all of the answers yet, in fact, we won’t ever have all of the answers. Still, we’re turning our unorganized mess into piles. We just might rearrange our piles several more times before we land on something we are ready to invest in. But, we’re on our way. And, we’d never be where we are right now if we’d been too afraid to make a mess.
My advice to all educators is this:
Make a mess. You just might find exactly what you’ve been looking for within it.