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To Thine own self be True

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I remember this phrase from Shakespeare.  Perhaps he too borrowed it from somewhere or somebody, but that it remains must be a testament to the truth it carries. As we reflected today on our area of most professional growth, a continuing theme was that we as a team have a belief, a belief that what we are doing in our schools makes a difference for kids. This being said, we need to continue to be the change that makes a difference for our students. The change we want to see in our students, and the world.  What was reinforced for me this year, was what I know to be true.  No one can tell you to change; no one can make you believe something.  You have to want to – and you have to be willing to step outside of your comfort zone to try new things, and become, I believe, a selfless human being.   This is much easier said than done.  Over the past year I have reflected a lot about change, and have been in numerous conversations with other teachers about change.  What can I, and  what can we do, to make fulfilling, and beneficial changes  to our teaching practice.  Through these conversations I have been inspired by many people who share similar passions.  Educators who are dedicated individuals who want to make a difference; educators who know that we can’t change everything, but we can change and do a lot.  What I know to be true is that we all need to get involved in the discussion. As a Learning Coach I  have another avenue to do just that: discuss, question, challenge myself and others, raise doubt, and face fears. Change is scary for most of us; we fear the unknown.  It is never easy and it always involves work. As educators we know that the work and the effort will make a difference.  However, we often need a reason to move from the “knowing and thinking” to “the doing”.  It was great to be part of some awesome “doing” this year.

Thank you to all my colleagues who shared the journey.

“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself”. – Andy Warhol

Analee McAllister


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