"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. "
It's been over a month now, yet I still return to words and wisdom which influenced me at different points in my life. It is naive if an educator claims that he/she does not initiate change for learning is change. Educating is change.
With that in mind, I have also been considering how one changes attitudes within education and more specifically among other teachers. Definitely by one's own practices and enthusiasm for a particular approach or belief, by sharing, by listening, and through empathy for other teachers. Too often trainers fail to connect with trainees precisely because they distance themselves too much from the reality that trainees experience every day. Change, like training, needs to be localized and practical.
Change requires leading, more than leadership. Or perhaps, the concept of leadership needs to be re-visted.
Movements may spring from the most unexpected quarters.
And once they do, then perhaps it's time to quietly look back, as one does with The Evolution of the Web, and then begin analyzing the process to make sense of it all for future changes.
How do you inspire change in your social/professional setting?