Change, Risk, Longevity

Stopwatch imageAt several conferences and events last year, colleagues and I discussed the “challenge of longevity.” Basically, how long can we keep doing what we’re doing. Working with technology in schools can be a fairly challenging endeavor. To effect change, one needs a clear understanding of the school’s mission and culture, balanced with a critical and supported opinion what can or should be implemented, the ability to listen and reduce the stress of change, and finally a willingness to take risks in the process of moving forward.

It’s a tall order, and it isn’t difficult to find causualties along the road. Worse still, the systems and opportunities are changing at a fairly speedy clip, meaning that “failing to pay attention” can lead to inappropiate or failed choices. As we do this for five, ten or fifteen years, and what point does the treadmill seem too fast– do we burnout and become bitter (easy to find examples) or do we have some some sort of graceful slow down (hard to imagine, given the context of the decisions to be made).

No answers here, just questions.

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