Friday, January 27, 2012

We Need More Courageous Conversations

I am wrong.  I made a mistake.  It didn't work.  These are all words I have had to say frequently in all of the years of my teaching career.  They are not easy to say, nor easy to swallow, and yet those words are what have made me the educator I am today; someone who reflects, someone who realizes they are human, someone who admits fault.

In education we often put ourselves on pedestals, assuming no wrong.  We have all of the answers because that is what we need to have.  We have the solutions, the right ways.  We are trained professionals after all.  Except we don't always have those answers, or the right way to do something.  Things may not always work and the students do not always get the best education.

We must learn to admit when we are wrong.  We must learn to reflect upon our mistakes and make ourselves better.  We must realize we are not perfect and that others don't expect us to be.  We must have these courageous conversations about our own teaching, our grade levels, our classroom, and our schools.  We must reflect, we must discuss, and we must learn.  If we all fall under the illusion of perfection we will never change the way we do teaching.  We will never change to be better.  Our students will never learn from s that mistakes are glorious occasions that move us forward.  Start the conversation with yourself and then spread it.  All it takes is one courageous person to set the example.

And right after I sent this out Chad Lehman reminded me that we need courageous actions.  He is so right; take your courageous conversations and turn them into action.

3 comments:

Melanie Richey said...

We can't create an environment that welcomes mistakes if we aren't willing to recognize our own. Great post!

Philip Cummings said...

Seems that courage in genera is lacking. So what do we do to become more courageous? How do we inspire it in ourselves and others? And what are we so afraid of anyway?

Krissy said...

SOOO true! I wonder why we feel like, as teachers, we need to be "perfect" in so many ways. It's okay, even awesome, to be a learner. It's what we should model for our students, every single day. Great post!

 

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