“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.”
Yes, I realize “Thinking outside the box” may be an overused cliché. But it continues to take on meaning each day I work with students, teachers, and administrators. Instead of standing at road blocks and waiting, we continue to “think outside the box” perhaps taking the road less traveled and it is making a difference. When our goals stay clearly focused on students needs, rather than our own we are able to accomplish great things.
One of my favorite goal setting videos is entitled “Smart Kid!” As you will see, this young boy decides to take matters into his own hands to solve a problem. He develops quite a creative plan focused on his goal.
Being faced with challenges in education has always been part of the territory. During this season of thanksgiving, I’m grateful to have educators in my life (both in person and virtually) that are trying their best to look at those challenges as opportunities to learn and become the best educators they can be! They know that in order to meet the needs of students they have to try new approaches. They can’t continue to do things the same way they always have and expect different results.
- Funding Challenges = Opportunities to write grants, find business partners, engage parents and other community members, and develop fund-raising techniques that involve a larger base than just selling things to family members.
- Student Learning Challenges = Opportunities to seek new knowledge and try different teaching methods, collaborate both colleagues at school and globally, build relationships with students and engage students in self-goal setting and reflection.
- Time Challenges = Opportunities to structure time differently, eliminate unnecessary time takers and seek ideas from others in the field of education.
- Professional Development Challenges = Building internal capacity with teachers to assist in the planning and implementation of school wide focus areas and developing personal learning networks (PLN) to grow as educators and communicate with like-minded individuals and groups.
If we continue to stay focused on our goals we will succeed. Our students depend on our advocacy and dedication to meeting their needs. Thanks for seeing their potential and believing in them!
“Teachers who inspire realize there will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how we use them.” ~Author Unknown
What are ways you are “Thinking outside the box?” Sharing ideas with each other helps us all to Learn and Grow!