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I challenge all of us (including myself) to take a hard look at how we operate in our classrooms and in our day to day interactions with students, other teachers, administrators, parents, and everyone else in our school settings. If something isn't working, rather than looking to the other person, let's start looking to ourselves. How can we change it to get the results we want to see?
When something isn't going the way it should be going, just repeat the mantra:
If I do what I've always done, I'll get what I've always got.
For example, if a student is not enjoying reading, and does not see himself as a reader, rather than blame the student or parents, ask, "What is something different I can do to help reach this student?" If that doesn't work. Ask yourself again.
If communication with a parent has been difficult and ineffective, ask, "How can I reach out to this parent in a different way?"
If you don't see the results in your students that you want to see- even though you are sticking to the prescribed program, I challenge you to find a way to work around it. Ask, "What can I do differently to make this situation work for my students?" Then, do it.
There are so many scenarios where this simple phrase can make an enormous difference in the lives of our students (and ourselves). Let's take the power back, stop placing blame, stop making excuses, and start making change. I vow to do this, and invite you to do it as well.
Happy New Year, Friends!