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Change can be scary, and sometimes scary is good.

My stomach was churning on my way to my professional development day. I was worried that I wouldn’t find friends to sit by, that I’d have to eat fruit snacks in my car by myself during lunch (that yes, I packed in preparation just in case) and that someone would tell me I’d have to change. Changes were just so… risky.

I’d venture to say that the majority of educators get nervous whenever professional development days roll around because they know that they will get pushed to their limits. Changes can be scary, but sometimes scary is good. My school district lovingly welcomed George Couros to give a keynote address during this professional development day. His goal was to help us inspire students toward innovation.

During the day, we realized that a big way to be innovative in our classrooms is to embrace technology and allow students to think outside of the box. We were asked if we believed that young people were better with technology than we are; we all said yes. Couros, on the other hand, changed our perspectives by telling us the truth: opposed to us, children are not afraid to push buttons. Instead, they simply take the risks, and they figure it out. We all applauded. Of course that’s what we want our children to do! We want them to not be afraid to fall down. Educators understand that mistakes help lead our children to success.

Why do we, then, get scared of change? Act like a child, and push some buttons. Let someone else “push your buttons” and challenge your views. Whether you buy into every word the speaker says, be willing to open your mind to experience advice and transform your thoughts. Taking risks might teach you something new.

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