A Journey Through Technology

Planning My Philosophy of Adaptation

on April 22, 2017

As we wrap up this class, now I need to put everything that we’ve talked about and looked at this semester together. My final philosophy of adaptation will explain how I intend to adapt to change in the classroom, as both a teacher and a leader. This will include a vision statement, a description of how teachers and leaders adapt to change, and a description of how I can plan classroom instruction to assist students in adapting to change.

Right now, my vision statement is centered around making purposeful change. As teachers, we need to constantly be adjusting what we are doing to make sure we are meeting the needs of all of our students. This is very relevant to me right now because I am in the prep-for-next-year mode. I always get a new burst of energy right before school gets out when I examine what worked this year, and what things I need to focus on changing for next year. I always try to keep an open mind and reach out to my colleagues to get new ideas I can try out next year. I could even phrase my vision statement as more of a question: How can we change things for the better?

In terms of being a leader through change, I really need to spend time focusing on the five components of leadership explained by Michael Fullan in Leading in a Culture of Change (2001). I believe that I embody parts of each of the components, but if I can spend more time examining my strengths and weaknesses within each, I will be better prepared to help lead through change. In my post last week, I discussed being an informal teacher leader. At this point, I don’t see myself taking a formal role as a leader in my school, but I am going to be offering my help where it might be needed to show that change isn’t as scary or difficult to navigate as it first appears. Change is inevitable in education and sometimes it really comes down to “sink or swim” on whether or not anyone will make it through those changes. Change takes time, but it also takes the right people who are willing to give the proper time and commitment to the change in order to see success. We need to have the right people on our team to make it through change. Another thing I still need to clarify is how to determine if someone is the right person or not. Just because someone doesn’t agree with me, doesn’t mean they don’t belong on the team.

Helping students adapt to change is a weak area for me. I was never flexible as a student, and despised when things didn’t go according to plan. In science, this can be very difficult, because experiments rarely go as intended, especially the first time. In order for me to help students adapt to change, I need to be better at adapting to change as well. My plan of transitioning to a student-centered classroom could really help with this, because that is a method of learning that many students are not familiar with. Helping them adapt to a change in classroom dynamic could be the magic stepping stone to helping them adapt to change across the board.

Right now I feel like I’m a bit jumbled in how my Philosophy of Adaptation is going to go, but just in writing this I am getting a better idea of how it is going to look. I was reading through all of my blogs for this semester and quickly realized how much I haven’t thought about in a few weeks. I know that when I spend more time revisiting my old posts and references, the pieces will continue falling into place and this jumbled mess will become a much more organized plan.

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3 responses to “Planning My Philosophy of Adaptation

  1. unicyclepro says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks and plans for next school year! I feel really lucky because I get the chance to plan out a course in computer technology. I can finally teach a content area that students won’t ask me constantly, when am I every going to use this? I plan to focus on programming and it’s great that I have been taking these ED Tech classes this last year to help prepare. Enough of me. I understand your reluctance to flexibility, especially things not going as planned. That, for me, is the essence of my “Murphy’s Law” statement in my blog. We have to plan for the unexpected. Whether it’s a change of plans, or things not going as expected in daily lessons or projects. Don’t feel bad, my philosophy is not nailed down either! I have some deep thought processing I need to to this weekend and next week! Good luck. You seem to have a great start!

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  2. Natalie says:

    You have a great start to your philosophy to adaptation! I liked your reference to things not always going to plan in science labs. I feel like that is my life but no matter what we are still learning something out of those experiences. This is so important for students and I am always reminding myself that it is okay for things to fail or go awry. We just pick ourselves up, adapt and keep going. 🙂

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  3. larissa sivertsen says:

    You have a great start! I especially find your vision statement strong. Collaborating and knowledge creation/sharing is especially important when it is purposeful and done with intent. I also like how you are tying in what has worked for you this year and what hasn’t. This is a great example of adapting to change!

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