Typically, I tend to embrace change. I feel like shaking things up every now and then is good for growth and learning in both our personal and professional lives. Too often we get caught in the stagnate waters of sameness, never risking comfort for the sake of a new experience.
Often, though, time and experience report back to let us know that the change we sought wasn’t worth it. That happens a lot in teaching. We try integrating new technology only to learn it didn’t make our job easier. We try appeasing parents only to learn it negatively impacted students’ learning. Even as someone who appreciates the awesome potential of change, I can honestly say I’m not happy about some of the recent shifts in education. There are things we used to be able to do in our classrooms–like teach without ending up on effing TikTok–that we’ll never be able to pull off again.
Unless it’s this asshat; then by all means, blast her all over the interwebs until she gets the help she needs/keep her the hell away from kids/both.
I can only hope that future evolutions of education will again put learning at the center, give teachers more autonomy in their classrooms, and require students to use the most flattering filters when they plaster us all over their social media channels.
My latest for Bored Teachers!