How is it you’re feeling so uneasy? How is it that I feel fine?
Layne Staley (Mad Season)
For some educators, they will begin the school year with something new. Some will return to their comfort zone, settling into the traditional lessons and activities that they are accustomed to. They feel comfortable and familiar.
Why is it that some easily step out of their comfort zones while others cannot? For some, it’s a matter of not wanting to take risks. They start with the activities that they have successfully implemented previously. They look for the safe route, avoiding the pitfalls of something going wrong. In fact, they may plan their lessons by asking: How do I avoid what could possibly go wrong?
In safely planning against all the things that can go wrong, they might also be planning against the exact things that allow a learning experience to go right.
Step out of your comfort zone. Take a risk. Allow yourself to embrace the feeling of uneasiness.
Could something go wrong? Sure.
Could something also go amazingly and wonderfully right? Absolutely.
But you’ll never know unless you try.