Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thinking ahead; working together; being flexible

In schools, it's best to think ahead, work together, and be flexible too. This is not always easy. Without thinking ahead there may be missed depth and opportunity. Yet without flexibility we may miss opportunity too. For the most part, working together is essential. There's so much to do in schools, that no one can do it all. By working together we assure that almost all the good work gets done, and students and families are served well.

I'm thinking about that today as we revise a few scheduled events to make room for a new and timely activity. At first, I didn't want to make the move, but the momentum grew and it became clear that changing the plans is the right thing to do. On the other hand, there's a deep endeavor the team is committed to, and though we may have to change a date here or there, we won't change the overall learning goals since we've already seen positive signs of student engagement and good learning. When children show us these signs, we know we're on the right path, and the children's positive energy inspires our efforts as well.

Today is a big day of teaching--there's lots to teach, coach, and encourage. To teach well take a lot of good energy, focus, and hard work. Onward.