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Regular change is key! Whether you’re leading a school or just starting out on your teaching career, you need to re-asses regularly and make changes to anything you’re not happy with. If you don’t embrace change how will you develop?
Here are three key tips that will help you to embrace and even get excited about change at work:
Try everything, make a conscious decision to try everything anyone ever suggests to you (within reason of course). It’s so easy to be skeptical of things if you don’t try them! Often you’ll give things a go that you never thought would work and find that they completely reshape your teaching practice. The more you can build an ethos of trying everything the easier change becomes.
Surround yourself with positive people. If you can avoid the negative discussions that occur every time somebody suggests something new then you’ll find change much easier. It’s so easy to join the group of whingers who can find anything to moan about, ignore these people and concentrate on positive discussion.
Finally, evaluate the threat! What I mean by this is, we can so often find that really small changes can make us feel really threatened. I remember one school I visited a while ago where the headteacher had decided to introduce a new marking policy. The acronym for the feedback section had been changed and teachers were up in arms. I appreciate this is a minor example however often if you evaluate the actual impact the change will have. Often you will find that it doesn’t make as big a difference as you might think!
If you can apply these principles you will find that change both at work and in life is easier to embrace and you may even find that you love it!
This post was originally published on staffrm.io and is reposted here by kind permission of the author.