It seems like I was just dropping my daughter off at university and starting the school year, now she will be home in three weeks with a year of university completed and after Easter break we will only have 2 1/2 months of school left. When your parents tell you that the older you get, the faster time travels, they are right-listen to them, they know what they are talking about.
Spring is always a time filled with so many changes and renewed hope. As the weather gets warmer, it seems like inside the walls of the school things tension can build. There are many changes happening in educatation in general and anyone who has anything to do with a school would never deny that many of those changes have come hard and fast. Many of the changes I really appreciate. I love the new curriculum, project based learning, inquiry, opportunities to use technology, the team spirite within the walls of my school. Other changes we might not appreciate as much…I will just leave those to your imagination.
What is it with change anyway? Why is it that some changes are fast and yet when you are anticipating a much needed or wanted change, it seems to come so slow. I think the hardest thing for me to learn as an administrator and colleague is to pull back on my passions. I would like everyone to jump on board and initiate change imediately. That is not realistic or appreciated in a lot of cases. I mentioned in an earlier post about feeling like my staff would throw tomatoes at me if I didn’t sit down and quit talking about technology. That was my problem, and near demise, wanting to initiate change when the time was not right. It is a good lesson to learn and one that I have to continue to work on.
Right now my principal has decided to take on a new position in the school division and leave our school. I am so excited for her as she anticipates and big changes and the learning curve that it will bring to her. She will be able to work with young children which is her passion. Change can be exciting. On the other hand, with her leaving the school, change is frightening. We work as a team and even though I know we will all be all right after she leaves, it feels like a big piece of the glue that holds the team together will be leaving the door with her.
Blah, blah, blah and on and on I go. I guess I could have just written this post in one sentence…
Change is inevitable, it moves at whatever speed it decides to move and so get over it!