Tuesday, September 26, 2017

{change is...} #sol17

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Change is ...

How would you finish that thought?

There are so many different ways to think about change. Change can be necessary. It can be healthy.  Change can be positive or it can be negative. Change can be lonely. It can be a personal choice or a decision that has been made for you. Change impacts our thoughts, our emotions, our present and our future.

It's only been a little over a month. Five and a half weeks. Forty-two days to be exact.

All that time in a new school in a new role. Learning quickly that a new school means new rules. I'm learning all about the school's culture, new administration, new expectations, new colleagues' and teachers' names, new personalities, and new students. All new students.

Time spent building trust, rapport, and relationships. Differentiating for teachers and teams. Being responsive to the needs, questions, concerns. Jumping in to help. Being available for a meeting, discussing assessments, modeling, planning a lesson, sharing a book.

Setting high expectations for myself. I'm not trying to fill anyone's shoes, but rather "own" my new shoes in this new role in a new school.

Smiling. Some moments that's all I feel I can offer.

Only one month in ... Some days I feel like I'm making a home for myself and some days I still feel like a visitor.

Change takes time. It isn't (always) supposed to be easy. This change is stretching me and expecting me to grow.

Change is ... go on. Finish that thought.

8 comments:

  1. What a great question....CHANGE is always hard.. It requires us to let go of what was and embrace what is.

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    1. Anita ... yes, embrace has been a word I've been repeating to myself during this change! Thank you for this reminder.

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  2. Change is challenging but you were so brave to take the leap and make the change! I hope that you will soon feel more at home!

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  3. Your post inspired me to use this for my sacred writing time next week. I can't wait to hear what my students have to say.

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  4. Change is embracing the discomfort to find yourself on the other side, better, stronger, renewed, surprised, and proud.

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  5. though the situations may be different your thoughts hit home tonight. My favorite section is the last:

    "Only one month in ... Some days I feel like I'm making a home for myself and some days I still feel like a visitor.
    Change takes time. It isn't (always) supposed to be easy. This change is stretching me and expecting me to grow."

    But though it may not be easy... typically Change is WORTH IT!

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  6. I am so glad you wrote. I like your voice and company on Tuesdays. (I'd love to have your company on Saturdays at Ruth's blog too.)
    Change is necessary. Of course change that we choose is better than change that is forced on. Then again sometimes the change that is forced on may take us out of our comfort zone to areas we would not have ventured by free choice.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.