As I think about 2014 coming to a close and a new year approaching, I reflect upon things that occurred during the passing year and often want to make improvements. These reflections typically are found in various aspects of my life as a mom, wife, friend, educator, etc., and they happen when I hear or see something that triggers some type of thought.
Recently I read Seth Godin’s blog post, Asking Why, which made me initially reflect upon education. Seth’s message is very straightforward, “if we keep asking why all the way to the beginning, we might come to understand how it is that this is the way we do things around here. And then realize that we might come out ahead if we care enough to change it.”
So instead of a making a New Year’s Resolution, think about the things that happened in the classroom or in the school system during 2014 and try asking “Why?”, and then do it again and again. What you might find are some practices that have been done, but you didn’t realize why they were being done; you just did them.
Just think how things could begin to change for students in 2015 by doing this simple exercise.