I could rant about this subject all day long (especially after the day I had), but to tell the truth, I am a cup half full kinda girl. I could let the state of our system get me down but I believe this is an exciting time in our educational history. I know for many schools around the nation, changing educational paradigms may seem out of reach. There appear to be a lot of external reasons for this such as money, administrative and state mandates, and parental influences. However, I have always and will always believe that an extraordinary teacher can remove barriers and create conditions in which students can flourish and be innovative. Teachers are what make a difference! YOU have the POWER!
Don't endure the state of education. Let's change it TOGETHER! The best defense is to arm yourself with knowledge. There are so many opportunities for teachers to learn and grow together. You can find a lot of opportunities in Facebook groups, Twitter chats, or even just following your favorite blogs. Better yet, step out on the ledge and write your own blog. If you feel overwhelmed, these avenues are great ways to develop a Professional Learning Network (PLN) with like-minded educators who understand what you are going through, bounce ideas off of, and create plans to develop your passions and ideas.
For me, innovation is driven by a commitment; because you believe in something better. What does innovation mean to you? Are you ready to bring on a learning revolution?