While watching the wonderful DaveBurgess during an #iaedchat live chat, he mentions how school culture change is like Rolling Snowballs Downhill. To me this was a funny statement. For one thing, being a true southern California girl, I've have little experience with creating snowballs. Another reason is that I know Dave happens to be from San Diego, one of the furthest places I can think of that would have snow! One of the members of the Twitter chat happening simultaneously with the YouTube chat joked he should have used sandcastles for his analogy. No offense to Mr. Burgess, but I believe sand castles make a better example.
First, when you are trying to build a sand castle, it's important to know the right combination of wet and dry(ish) sand. (Tried to build way too many sand castles that were total failures because I didn't understand this concept!). Next, you have to know when/where is the right time to build it. If you don't time it correctly with the tides, you cannot be successful. Last, you have to understand that there will be forces trying to knock down at least part of the castle at some time. The trick is to know how to reinforce what you have and how to get back up when it does happen. Now how does this apply to creating change within your school?
20+ year teacher, mother of 2 kids and 2 dogs, wife, lover of all things M&M, interested in tech in the classroom, and changing up my teaching