Written By Starr Sackstein

Ironically, this post is as relevant now as it was when I originally wrote it in October of 2014.

It is extremely sad how slowly change happens when it comes to important, major systemic shifts when poorly decided initiatives can take hold immediately.

As you read this post, consider where you were when you started being an educator. How much has changed? How much hasn’t? Are those changes or lack of change in service of children or accountability measures?

Please consider…

Tables, rather than desks clutter the inside of the classroom. There aren’t any chalkboards or behavior charts, rather goal walls and whiteboards and space for students to make learning more comfortable in a way that works for each of them. 

Learning is different now, at least it should be. Not just the way it looks, but the whole approach.

Shifting the mindset can be challenging, even more so the longer students have been indoctrinated into a conflicting paradigm; an educational world that their parents and the business world relate to because it’s the one they experienced.

So where do the teacher reformers start? 

Most would be compelled to stick with the status quo because it’s easier. Unfortunately, ease isn’t the right reason to make a choice.

As educators, we have to make choices that best suit our students, the 21st-century variety, who spend their days dialed into technology and navigating a world that doesn’t fit into rows.

So now is the time to change the conversation, the learning, and the expectations.

It starts with our approach to teaching.

There are many things that need to change in education, but these are simple things we can do in our classrooms every day that start to shift the mindset. Let’s make a new tradition. Leaders, this is really in your hands. Help teachers to feel confident taking these risks. Show them it is okay. Stop talking about test scores and consider what it means to be a lifelong learner.

How will you change the tradition in your classroom and school community? Please share

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