The following is a post from my final Northside News newsletter for the year 2016-17.
Rapper Andy Mineo has a song called “Uncomfortable” that I listen to while driving to work. In it, he describes many of the ways that we as a nation and a people have become content with being comfortable, so much so that we lose our drive and hunger to get better and we start to settle for less. As an educator, I find this thought convicting. The last thing I want to do is become comfortable and lose my drive to help kids improve. Sean Cain, in describing schools, says that our practices often are more focused on what is comfortable for adults rather than what is best for kids. In fact, very often Good For Kids = Uncomfortable for Adults. (Cain, 2017)
Why am I saying this now? We all have a summer coming up and I hope that we use it to rest and relax. In fact, if I could I would make that a directive. We all need that time to rejuvenate. But, I also hope that we use the summer to reflect on our actions, practices, and procedures. I don’t mean spend a few minutes thinking about it, but truly reflect and ask ourselves questions such as: Is what I am doing best for me or is it best for the kids? What do I need to change in the way that I teach or lead? How can I step out of my comfort zone so that I can meet kids where they are? This is not an easy thing to do. Reflecting is usually uncomfortable. Sometimes it hurts. In fact, improvement always comes with struggle and pain. It is just part of the process. But, if we follow through, the end result is that we are better than we ever were before.
Whether you will be at Northside next year or you are moving on, my hope is that you continue to grow every day and never settle for simply doing what is comfortable for you. Instead, I hope that you will embrace the power of the uncomfortable in order to become the best teacher and leader of kids you can be.
Have a great summer!!!
Cain, Sean (2017, May 17) A Reader Asks...Principal Coaching-Upset Parents and Community (blog post)
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