Saturday, February 8, 2014
Wayne Gretzky once said, "A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." Cyclists know this is true: for success on a steep climb it is helpful to know the length of the climb and the max grade, and then shift before it is too late (read: walk bike in humiliation, or worse, fall.) Educators need to know what the future (immediate and long-term) holds for our students, and prepare them for that. Doing what worked in the past or what one is comfortable with is a disservice to today's students. This shift requires honest reflection and a willingness to change. It also requires learning from others and taking chances. Extending the metaphor, give yourself permission to fall. "You can't fall if you never climb" (Dr. Seuss).