Change is hard. Not only for the students but for the teacher as well. When I remind students that “tomorrow is innovation day” and I hear the cheers, I celebrate successes. However, I have several students who have not embraced the change. I attribute some of this to a lack of confidence in ideas and a fear of failure. More importantly, I realize that I have not done a very good job of teaching students that it is OK to fail–failure, learning and growth go hand in hand.
I plan to start tomorrow’s Innovation Class with this in mind. Furthermore, I want to remind students that we are all in this together. Without getting on a soapbox, I want them to remember that I may fail in starting Innovation Class at STP. In fact, some days I feel like I have and am ready to run back to the safety of reading, reflecting and writing essays. I realize that if I do this, it is a disservice to my students. They DESERVE more. They need the chance to grow and learn with their own passions and ideas at the core.
Some of my students want Innovation Class everyday. Could we get there? Maybe. If we embrace the journey of change together, one day at a time.