Sometimes the best laid plans just don’t work out. Sometimes, when you really want to tell someone to quit complaining and just do what you need to do, you really need to just sit still and listen. Sometimes, when you only get to ask two of your three questions, someone gets the wrong idea. And sometimes, you’ve got to see that your idea wasn’t perfect and just make the adjustments.
These are lessons learned in the first month of a new job.
It has been a great learning week as I’ve run into some quite unexpected situations and had to really push myself to step outside of not only my comfort zone, but also my ego. One of my big projects seems to be having the breaks applied and that’s not easy to face. Thankfully, I have an administrator who is patient and understanding. When the news was shared with me, she let me talk it through and listened. In the course of the conversation I went from the frustrated little kid, to ok, this isn’t about me and we can move forward now. I’m slightly disappointed of course, but as I step back and look at the process I’m a part of, I’m thankful for the experience. Now, what I thought was set up in a nice neat package is giving me the opportunity to take it all apart and figure out how to differentiate learning for teachers.
I’m in a position right now to not only effect great change as our school is in a time of transition, but also to gain incredible experience. I’m in on the ground level of improving our technology plan and creating better systems within our school. Its an exciting time, but it is also quite challenging. I’m learning that I need to go into each challenge as a learner and with my ego in check. I’m excited to see each new challenge now as I adjust to this new realisation.
When we realize that we are all part of the ocean and not individual waves we see a power that we have together and how important it is to work for and with one another.
Sometimes you just have to l’eggo that ego.
Sounds like a week of lessons learned, even thought things didn’t go as planned. I’m encouraged by your positive attitude as you choose to view this disappointment as a course correction rather than personal failure. Like teaching, coaching is not an exact science. Give yourself room to experiment and fail–it will serve as good modeling for your teachers when you ask them to do the same.
What an incredible experience! I feel similar that I am in a position to effect great change for my organization. The most important thing that I have found when things go poorly is that I need to keep a positive perspective. Continue keeping the attitude that setbacks and difficulties are learning experiences!
Thanks for sharing!