Unlike Seth Godin, I am definitely not “the wizard of the short blog post” (thanks Doug Peterson for that wonderful wording), but I am someone who likes a challenge. I also consider an educator a “professional,” and I would like to add educator to the list that Seth’s created here. Doug blogged in response to Seth’s post this morning, and mentioned some of the professionals that have pushed back. Here’s what I’ve done.
- As an educator, I’ve pushed back by blogging about my thinking and practices that may sometimes be contrary to the norm, but that I truly believe are best for kids.
- As an educator, I’ve pushed back by openly sharing my thinking (even when difficult to do so), in order to explore other options that may work better for students, for parents, and for educators.
- As an educator, I’ve pushed back by asking questions, by sharing wonders, and by engaging in “uncomfortable conversations” because I really think that this is how change happens and how we get better at what we do.
- As an educator, I’ve pushed back by not using certain programs or not using them in their entirety, as I wonder if there might be richer, more meaningful, learning options for kids.
Sometimes I push back loudly: making my intentions known, but also listening to feedback, contemplating other ideas, and continuing to revamp my approach. Sometimes I push back quietly: often working alone or as part of a small group, trying out options, reflecting, and trying again. Eventually I will share, but sometimes not until I’ve collected data and can show the success of this push back. I’m a proud “educational troublemaker,” and I know that I’m not alone in being one. If pushing back means helping children more, I’m happy to push back. What about you? Educators, administrators, and parents, how do you “push back?”