“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.” -T.S. Eliot
It is 2017. It is time for new words and a new voice.
Have you noticed how educators latch on to “buzz words” as if those words will be a magic solution for the numerous issues we face in our quest to create a better educational system for America’s future?
I have. I have also noticed that we often use the “buzz words” but fail to put in the “basic work”. There I said it. Go ahead stone me. It is true.
We often want to quote the latest buzz words we heard at a conference, but we don’t actually want to commit to making those words work. Why? I don’t have the answer for that. Maybe we don’t believe the buzz. Maybe we don’t want to put in the work. Maybe we are tired, stressed, and tired of our profession being disrespected.
This year, I commit to the work not just the words.
I believe there are three key words that are essential to educating our students: engage, equip, and empower. These three words are just the components; they must be joined together with work.
Join me in the next few months as I look at each of these “words” and the real “work” that will facilitate student growth and academic achievement.
In 2017, will you be a new voice?