This morning, I decided I needed to start running again. I have allowed myself to get out of shape and I was starting to feel it in my clothes. I need to eat better and start to do more exercise. All of this means change. Will it be enjoyable? Probably not at first when I am moving slowly from sore muscles. But as I get past these first steps I know it will worth it and I will be glad I started taking better care of myself. I may get sore again from time-to-time, but I know it won't be like it was at first.
To me, this is like change in the classroom. I know things are getting out of shape when I am getting the same old results from students. I need to educate myself more on practices that I believe are no longer working. Like running, if I continue to do the same thing, after awhile I won't see results. The routine needs to be switched. Same thing in the classroom. The routine and delivery needs to be changed.
I think teachers today are so lucky when they want to change things. They have Professional Development right at their fingertips. I can easily get book recommendations and advice from Twitter friends and different blogs. I can read articles online. I can talk with other teachers about what is working for them. No excuses, especially when I have a nice stack of professional reads calling my name. The only problem is what should I read first?
Is change enjoyable? For me, not always at first. Like running, it can be painful. I know that there will also be a few bumps in the road. But, I do know that in the end it will all be worth it.