a. of or relating to physical force, or energy
b. marked by usually continuous and productive activity or change
It could be argued that there has never been a more difficult time to be a teacher. Today’s teachers are working with students who face an increasing array of challenges, they are asked to do more with less, and they are expected to assume many responsibilities that are extenuating at best, and unfathomable at worst–all in the face of unprecedented public scrutiny. And now, there is technology…forcing the issue of dynamics…pressing change at an ever- increasing pace. It is not a question of “if” those who balk at keeping pace with the change that technology is bringing to the field of education will be left behind, but “when.” In a profession where change, however misguided, is a constant (flavor of the month professional development, No-Child Left Behind, etc.), technology is the proverbial elephant in the room–it is here, and not going away. Business as usual has a very short educational half-life. The fact of the matter is that the public will not tolerate this mindset–they will, and should, expect more from us.
That being said, I have a great deal of confidence in the ability of teachers to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing profession. Why? Because teachers have always been, and always will be, the lynchpin in one of the most “dynamic” professions in
Facing adversity is the norm. Continuous and productive activity is the expectation. The best interest of students is the focus. Making a difference the goal. Change, a part of the profession. Teachers are dy.nam.ic. Teach on!
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. ~ Will Rogers