Thursday, March 29, 2018

Accepting and Embracing Change: SOLSC Day 29

We go through our days each day much like the other.  Until it's not.  
When the change happens, it's sometimes subtle.  Other times it overwhelms you.  This year I have been living out one of those overwhelming changes. It came when I least expected. 

An overwhelming and unexpected change doesn't seem like a good thing.  

I considered the change of working as an instructional technology coach and I felt remorseful for the classroom community and my building of fourteen years.  And yet, inspired and confused by the opportunity to work as an instructional coach and support teachers and students.  

As I live out this change, I cringe when I am asked, "How do you like your new position?"  I am afraid if I say I am enjoying the new position. It reflects a relief of not being in the classroom.  At the same time, I worry that my vague answer gives the impression that I don't like my new role. 

I have been struggling with this until today. 
This change was subtle.  It happened when I was sitting in my car, in the drive-through line of Starbucks.  I was sending a Voxer audio message to a friend.  

She's been presented with one of those overwhelming changes. 

As I talked into my phone, there all alone in my car, I realized something.  I was telling my friend how I am enjoying the professional growth and the opportunity to support teachers.  I shared how rewarding it has been to develop new relationships.  I shared my goal to learn to listen to teachers to hear what they need. 

I ended the Voxer message, and it hit me.

I am enjoying my new position, and this doesn't mean I didn't love my classroom community. 

It's because of the love of my classroom community that I accepted this position.  I want to help other educators and students experience the joy my students and I lived each day. 

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