Out on an early morning walk, I spotted this shop window and couldn’t resist taking a photo. It brought to mind…
- people who say they are open to change but keep doing things in old ways.
- people who say they are interested in others’ ideas, but don’t listen.
- people who say they want to learn but then insist they don’t have time.
- teachers who know it’s the 21st century, but are still reluctant to embrace technology.
- teachers who talk about letting go, but make every decision in their classroom.
- teachers who say they value collaboration, but insist their classroom is quiet.
- teachers who ‘attend’ professional development but don’t apply anything they learned.
- students who want to learn, but need to do so in unconventional ways.
- learners who are filled with creative ideas but bound by constraints of curriculum.
Then when I inserted the photo here, I noticed my own reflection in the window. It reminded me that the ‘open/closed’ dichotomy applies to me too. Don’t we all at times think ours is the best perspective, the most efficient way or the right answer?
It’s a reminder to notice… not just to hear or half-hear, but to listen to and think about what our colleagues are saying. And what our students are saying. And what they are not saying. And what we ourselves are saying…