Contrary to popular belief, teachers didn't get into teaching because of June, July and August. They got into teaching because they were passionate about being part of something bigger than any one person. We should create a "We before me mentality" in our schools.
However, when we shift our thinking to "we" instead of "me", then we start to see great things happen. Yes, it might take me more time to redesign this lesson to allow for more student choice, but one size doesn't fit all and I should embrace all my students' learning needs and styles because #kidsdeserveit. Yes, I will feel out of control at times by letting my students infuse their passions as they demonstrate their understanding of skills and concepts, but I know #kidsdeserveit. Yes, I will have lessons fail, but it will reinforce the culture that we are all learning together and learning can be messy.
Play is a powerful vehicle for students to get their creative juices flowing. While it might be hard to venture off the path of initiatives, mandates and more, the mindset of "we" empowers us to think differently about our instruction and do what we know is best for our students because #kidsdeserveit. As George Couros said, "Change is an opportunity to do something amazing!"
What mindset will you embrace?
Me before We?
We before me?