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It is time to shake things up, inspire creativity, promote passion, and commit to thinking outside the box. A paramount attribute of a future Change Agent is the ability to take risks, and constantly challenge the status quo and not settle for routine. With risk there is the potential for failure, but we must not let that hinder our enthusiasm for discovery. It is through failure that we have the opportunity to learn the greatest lessons, and the teachers willing to try (and fail) will ultimately be better for it.
Embracing and fostering a culture of change can take many forms, from the incorporation of new technologies into the classroom to the differentiation of instructional practices. We must be willing and engaged participants in the pursuit of life-long learning, committed to the understanding that our world is ever evolving, and to keep pace with the 21st century learners we must be willing to embrace this change. The common myth regarding embracing change, is that you are throwing away everything from the past. That is simply not true. Instead you are throwing away practices that don't translate to the 21st century classroom, and building on and incorporating successful ideologies into a new global view of educational learning goals.
What makes a change Agent
It is also time that we embrace the role of the students in their own learning processes and goals. We need to move our focus from past philosophies of teaching/force-feeding students the knowledge they need to a more proactive collaboration of creating intrinsically motivated students who learn what they need through pursuing what they like. We need to leverage their natural enthusiasm to promote 21st century learning goals.
Students as Agents of ChangeTeaching is all about passion, inspiration, motivation, and change. If there is one thing that most every educator could probably agree on, it's that there are no guarantees when you enter the classroom. Every day offers it's own challenges and triumphs. No day is exactly like the one before. It is time we take the same appreciation and reflect it into our practice, embracing the unknown and being willing to become that Change Agent. Education is all about building relationships with students, and as we fully invest in creating 21st Century Classrooms we have to be willing to be that "Change We Wish to See in the World!" (Gandhi)
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