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The Stability of Change

This afternoon I was riding along with my eldest child on some errands.  As she drove, she began to tell me about some websites she’d found and hopes to use with her fifth graders.  I listened as she excitedly told me about an interactive periodic table.  She explained that when you clicked on the elements, the site showed that element’s “chronology”.  I have no idea if I spelled it right, but I was already lost.  Just so you know, each element has a unique pattern of colors which are reveled when blah blah blah… I don’t remember.

It struck me how excited and knowledgable she was about the scientific topics she shared.  This child always did pretty well in Science, but she had no interest in it.  As she got older, her interests expanded and changed.  She now talks about going back to school to get a degree in Science education, or at least taking some classes.

My youngest, who was so sure she wanted to be a pastry chef, has already decided she wants to do something else.  Presently, she is doing some searching to find her path.  I have no doubt she will, but it will involve some changes in her plans.

Back in my youth, I expected to be married and have a wonderful home in the country, teaching children to love to read and write.  So that didn’t happen.  I am divorced, living in a large town/small city, and I love teaching math.  If I went back to school, it would be to get a degree in Math education.  I still can, if I choose to.

Change is inevitable.  Some changes are beyond our control, and we have to decide how to react to them.  Other changes are internal.  They come about just as inevitably as we mature, learn new things, meet new people.  As we come to know ourselves better, we make changes in our lives to reflect and suit our strengths and our passions.

Change is one thing that we can count on in life.  Things will change.  People will change.  I’m beginning to see what a comfort it can be knowing that.

No Change, No Growth

Two years ago, my principal called me into her office one spring day.  Then she shut the door.  That is NEVER a good thing.  After hemming and hawing, she told me she was moving me to second grade.  She knows I’m happiest working with 5th graders.  This was not what I was expecting.  Some teachers get news like this and react very badly.  Yelling, crying, threatening to call the union, blah, blah, blah.  The truth is, a principal can put you into whatever grade he or she needs you, as long as you’re certified.

I took a deep breath and said, “If you don’t change, you don’t grow”.  Mostly, I was trying to convince myself, but in the final analysis, it was true.  While a year in second grade confirmed that I have a much better temperament for older children, I learned so much about child development, patience, and how to teach the fundamentals of reading.  I never knew what to do with fifth graders reading on a first or second grade level.  Now I do.

I obviously like plans and like knowing what’s ahead, but sometimes being given a push in a new direction helps me grow professionally, emotionally, or intellectually.  When faced with such a change, ask yourself  “What can I learn?  How will this make me a better, stronger person?”  And if you don’t like whatever change you’re going through, don’t forget that this change will change into something else if you just have a little patience.

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