We are definitely in it now. Students are settling in. Our routines are in place. We have worked through our "getting to know you activities." This is close to point in the road where paths appear for us in our planning. One path is the path we have usually taken. It's well-established; we've seen great successes. We know it well. The other path is a path where we try new instructional strategies out, but we are not sure yet how they will turn out. This is a path that a few have tried out and told you stories about great success, but it isn't as well-known.
So as you stand at the two roads that diverge, which one will you take?
As Robert Frost wrote:
"I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
In your lesson plans for this week, identify one change you will make or one learning activity you will try out that you haven't tried before. See if you can push yourself a little out of your comfort zone, as that is where you truly will continue to learn and grow as an educator.
Think about these questions:
How can you change one of your lesson plans this week and do something out of your comfort zone? What is an idea you have thought of trying, but have not followed through on for fear of failing?