I see this often.
Two districts, same area, province, or state.
One that says, “This is something that we can’t do.”
The other says, “Here is how we are doing that same thing.”
Understand, these places often have very similar constraints. Budgets, mandated curriculum, tests, etc. One finds a way to make it work, and the other identifies all the ways it won’t.
I say this all the time; somebody, somewhere, is doing the exact thing you say you can’t do. They are just finding a way. Mindset matters.
So here are four steps to make things happen in your classroom or district.
- Identify what you want to do.
- Find someone else who is doing it and learn from them.
- If number two doesn’t work, figure out how you can make it happen yourself.
But number 4 is THE most critical part of this and could easily be number one.
4. Want to make it happen.
If you want to make it happen, you will figure things out. It might not be easy, but it will happen.
Visionary Superintendent, Julie Mitchell, shared this beautiful visual reminder about the road to success.
We can be our own pathway or our own obstacle. This doesn’t mean things won’t get in your way, but the path to success is often a bumpy road.
Find a way.
Source: George Couros