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New Beginnings, New Opportunities

Leaving a school can be tough.  Switching positions within the same school can also be a challenge.

There are many educators who are leaving one school for another this year, and feel in some way, that they are abandoning students from that school.  Or maybe leaving their colleagues a little too early.  Maybe they are even scared of what a new job, new responsibilities, or new colleagues might mean for them.

Change can be tough.

But just some things to consider…

There is no place in the world that kids don’t need awesome educators.  The same closeness that you felt with your former students, you will feel again.  It might not be the “same”, but it will be similar.  Kids all over the world need to be pushed, have their thoughts provoked, and feel valued.

Also, the work in education is never done.  You may feel that those things that you have implemented at your former school aren’t quite where you would want them to be, but I hate to tell you this, education never “gets” there.  Schools are learning organizations, and if that is true, the target we aim for will continuously be slightly out reach.

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This is true for both individuals and organizations.  There is always room to grow.

Finally, new environments, whether that means doing something new, or working with new people, both, or more, will challenge you.  All of the opportunities and people you connect with help to make you better, if you let them.  It is okay to be scared about new opportunities, as long as the fear doesn’t hold you back from embracing what is possible.

Change is hard and new opportunities can be scary, but if you look at the kids in classrooms that change grades every year and are constantly pushed in their own growth, we know that this is something that will only make them better, not hold them back. Same goes for the adults.

Recognizing When to Move On

-The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.-There have been times in my career, where I have spent a lot of time going round and round with someone on a topic where there was no openness to growth. No matter what you say, the argument is already being created on why you are wrong. Oftentimes, it comes not from a place of knowledge, but a lack of it.

What I have learned is that when you realize that you are in that situation, it is time to move on, and focus on those that want to learn.

Now, there is an important difference between the notion of having ideas challenged in the pursuit of learning, as opposed to challenging ideas in order to stand still. One of the things that I believe is crucial to learning is the ability to listen to other ideas and accept challenge. That “pushback” is often an opportunity for both people to grow, as opposed to both standing still. A strong leadership trait is recognizing when the conversation will lead to growth, or to standing still. The time invested in a conversation that goes nowhere, is often better spent in focusing on developing the culture of an organization.

We always need to listen, but sometimes the best answer is to simply say, “thank you for sharing your thoughts”, and move on to the next conversation. We have to understand that learning can be messy, and have it ups and downs, it is still imperative to focus on how we can move forward.