In the video, What 60 Schools Can Tell Us About Teaching 21st Century Skills, Grant Lichtman spoke about the difference between what’s difficult verses what’s uncomfortable in regards to change. I really enjoyed when he was giving examples of what’s hard, shutting down the idea of change being “hard”. Change can be uncomfortable, but it being difficult isn’t what’s getting in the way it’s us. We are so use to routine and doing what we thought worked when we were in school. If we as teachers are able past it, we can change and meet the needs of the students we have now.
So the question is, where do we want to be? Lichtman had one word on the screen, in his video, Dewey. Dewey stated, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” We need to teach them to be prepared for their future. We need to teach them to be self-evolving learners, because we can’t actually predict the future. But to teach them to be self-evolving learners, we need to do the same. We need to set an example. We need to embrace change. We need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Coming up with a plan for change is great, but useless if not acted upon. Brace yourself and bring on the learning revolution. Prepare your students for a successful future.