It’s January, that long, cold, dark month full of indoor recess and the passing of germs. It’s a time of year that we could easily get caught with a case of the winter blues or wrap up in a blanket on the couch and wait for spring. But, for teachers we know that the time from January to March brings huge growth for our students. Which is why, now, more than ever, we must be at the top of our game. We’re at an advantage right now because we know our students very well, we understand their strengths and weaknesses, we know what they enjoy and what they could live without. We have built relationships with the children we spend our days with. They are part of who we are. And, we owe it to our students to be at our best each day.
On Wednesday, we had our first R Factor training in which we learned the important skill of pressing pause and the dangers of being on autopilot. Let’s all recognize our autopilot moments. Let’s think back to the excitement of the beginning of the school year. Think about all of the ideas we had and things we wanted to try. Did we let those ideas fade as we drifted back to doing what we always do? Have we allowed ourselves believe that our students aren’t ready yet?
When this school year began what did you want to try? Have you tried yet? Jump in! Do it! Don’t wait until the end of the year to reflect and think about all the things you wanted to do.
Seth Godin speaks often about taking risks. On Thursday, I read this post from him and I think it’s just what we all need to hear this time of year:
It's all a mistake
...until it works.
That's what innovation is. Mistakes, experiments, mis-steps.
Until it works.
The process isn't to avoid the things that don't work. Because that means avoiding the things that might not work...
Instead, our job is to eagerly embrace the mistakes on the road to the impact that we seek.
Don’t avoid your ideas and goals because you’re on autopilot. Press pause. Gain clarity and courage. Take a risk, it just might work.
Here is your staff update for January 15.