Because I'm old (as my young school family loves to remind me), I've been through a lot of change, particularly in education. Living in Iowa, I've written standards and benchmarks THREE times, only to have the Iowa Core come into existence.
I've had four superintendents
Worked in two buildings
Taught thousands of kids
Worked through more curriculum changes than I care to count
Here's what I've learned
CHANGE IS HARD WORK
Change is dirty,
Change is "throw my hands in the air and I quit" kind of work.
And the least of your problems is the internet doesn't work.
Sometimes, people's ideas are ridiculous.
Sometimes, they think mine are.
Sometimes we disagree.
Sometimes there are too many voices trying to be heard.
Sometimes people think they know more than I do
and they try to get everyone to agree with them.
And sometimes in the midst of the chaos and the dirty work
and the frustration
are glimmers of what you want
and where you will be.
Sometimes an open mind,
a picture of what you believe helps you
get to the promised land.
Sometimes you have to listen to find the
heart of the change.
And then, who cares if the internet doesn't work.