So, I recently joined a gym- but before they would give me a membership I was asked ‘Could I & would I commit to 2-3 times per week?’.
This was kind of an odd question as I figured they probably just wanted my money.... which they do...
but they also highlight the importance of commitment to change and how it is a process. I am not going to get fit, change my body, and change my routine over night- it takes time to commit to change, growth, and development.
Of course, real results means real advertising for the company BUT it also means their customers have success with their product and their approach to ‘the gym’.
This same ‘can you commit’ mentality is important in education.
✔️Students require time to progress through their educational journey: give them time, don't rush it. I don't know when prescribed curriculums became carved in stone- but they are so misleading. Who is to say what a kiddo needs to do and when. Children develop through learning, experience, and living- many will learn similar skills at similar times, but not everyone and that is ok!! Provide support, but also provide time & opportunity to learn as part of their journey.
✔️Educators require time to build relationships with their students, colleagues, and parents/guardians: nourish your relationships, so they can grow into a positive union. Do not assume because you are the educator that people will work with you. Build trust, respect, and collaboration through effective communication, effective planning, and effective leadership.
✔️Building strong collaborative teams requires time and effort to build understanding, trust, and focus: much like building relationships with others, collaborative teams take time. It is ok for a team to find their path together. It is always a shame with the school year ends because the team breaks apart and a new one forms. This can be good, but it takes time for teams to grow together and to develop a common approach.
✔️Plans of action take time to explore, connect, discuss, implement, and worth through: take time to create a plan of action. Stop and think about what it is that you want to change: why do you want to see change? what is the change you want to see? is this change necessary? how is the change beneficial to the community/child/et cetera? Also, reflect on what you have done, what you will do, and what you are doing- how will you change to promote this plan? Work with others on viewing the planning and parts of the plan from different perspectives. Consistently connect and communicate as you implement this plan of action- do not assume that others have the same idea as you! Take time to meet, reflect, and revise.
Education is not fast. Educational strategies are not fast. There are no quick fixes!!!
It takes time to build up knowledge, evidence, and relationships.