#SOL21: Point of View

About five months ago, we “seemed” more optimistic. Some pandemic numbers were headed in the right direction. There were more mandates and then evil seemed to form this schism wider and deeper than the Grand Canyon.

Black or white

Empty or full

Nothing seemed quite so simple.

I blogged about point of view here.

As school begins/continues/or is perhaps even delayed . . .

here’s some food for thought.

Give yourself grace. Pause. Think. Take a deep breath. Listen to understand.

Is it really this simple?

It’s not easy. There are multiple “sides/views” of every interaction.

Solutions require us to look each other in the eye.

We must let go of the old and ineffective beliefs and practices.

We cannot grab onto the “new and shiny” promise dangled in front of us.

We must center students and their identities in all that we plan and do.

We cannot let fear keep us from embracing the work needed for our students to flourish.

We must stand together in unity.

We cannot stand by when loud voices take over the bully pulpit.

What can you personally do? What are you WILLING to do?

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12 responses

  1. Fran, things are NOT so simple (as you illustrate) although you write with such simple, spare clarity. Indeed we must give ourselves grace – when we don’t, we fall more into reacting vs. responding. We do need to listen to understand. And this line – “We cannot grab onto the ‘new and shiny’ promise dangled in front of us” – truth. I could write much about that. Your words about letting go of old and ineffective practices remind me of questions my district asked in PD last week: “What ‘normal’ is worth returning to? What ‘normal’ is not?” Thanks for your tell-it-straight approach!

    1. You are welcome.
      We need to embrace change and go boldly . . .
      where no one has gone before!

  2. “Solutions require us to look each other in the eye.” Some days that’s the hardest part. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

    1. We have to do this together. Together means communicating clearly. Eye contact is a part of this!

  3. Thank you for this. For me, this was an encouragement to follow the path that centers my students as long as we are together. I can do that.

    1. Tim, so true.
      And as for “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—. I took the one less traveled by,. And that has made all the difference.” – maybe we ride the median strip for awhile. Or just maybe we look closer for a third path! Have a great day!!!

  4. Your post reiterates a conversation I had with colleagues at lunch today- we have to be willing to do more than “tweak” things that are not working. There is no easy path…

    1. Definitely not easy.
      Not without pain and anguish.
      Not without success for students!

  5. A resounding “yes” to this post! There is this push to return to “normal”, but what does that mean while we are still in the midst of a pandemic? Our new normal involves hand sanitizer stations at every turn and a mostly-masked campus. I am totally okay with anything that keeps our students and staff healthy and safe for learning.

    1. Normal is exactly one of about 20 topics that I was thinking of as I wrote this! Whose normal? And how has normal evolved?

      so true!

  6. Many of us are so ingrained with the “truths” and “beliefs” of our family that we find it hard to change or accept what we view as foreign. Yet, how can we grow if we don’t open ourselves up to different or new ways? If we don’t, it is kind of like a child saying they don’t like a particular food without even attempting to taste it.

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