Why put off for next year what you can do today (or at least tomorrow)?
In the 1940′s and 1950′s, the Brooklyn Dodgers fans’ rallying cry was, “wait ’til next year!” The team would come close to a championship only to lose the World Series (usually to the hated Yankees). This fan attitude showed undying loyalty to the status quo and may have enable team management to not ‘go for broke, knowing the fans would keep coming back.
Why is it in education that when we recognize a problem, we say, “wait ’till next year?”
We’ll revise the student handbook next year…
I’ll try project based learning (or standards based grading, inquiry, etc). next year…
We’ll change the way we to professional development next year…
Why not today?
It goes beyond procrastination and into fear. Yes, I know a new school year is a fresh start and a clean slate and a great time to implement new things. That being said, if a change can be made now, today, why wait?
This mentality is why many teachers repeat their first year of teaching every year. They wait until the new school year to make a change. Over the summer, the urgency for change dims. They forget the frustration of the previous year. They blame the group of kids they had or their circumstances. Then it happens again and they decide that next year is REALLY going to be the year. And the cycle repeats.
If you see a problem in your classroom, do something about it today.
If you see a problem in your school, put a fix in motion today.
Get students and/ or staff involved. Brainstom solutions. Pick one. Try it. Monitor the results.
Tweak, revise, rethink, scrap, try again. Maybe this year will be crazy but you’ll learn alot that you can implement next year from a position of experience.