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Education, Leadership, Teaching, Technology

Teachers are dy.nam.ic

a. of or relating to physical force, or energy
b. marked by usually continuous and productive activity or change

“Dynamic” seems to be a suitable word to describe the art of teaching. One could safely make the argument that being accountable for the intellectual growth and development of a significant number of young people is a “dramatic” responsibility–requiring physical, mental and emotional energy. It is also widely known that we expect teachers to adapt their instructional practices, change with the times and affect positive student achievement. 

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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
the world.

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

About azjd

Junior high principal by day, aspiring difference maker, and Jedi in my own mind. Act justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly.


2 thoughts on “Teachers are dy.nam.ic

  1. It’s the message that needs to get out there. There is a perception that teachers are negative and lazy and that has certainly not been my experience.

    Posted by Michael G. | January 7, 2011, 3:58 am
  2. My superintendent visited yesterday afternoon and we visited all of our classrooms, after which his closing remarks to me were, “Elementary school teachers work so hard. People have no idea.”
    Insert HS/MS/Preschool … teachers work hard. People have no idea. Thanks for reminding us to recognize that!

    Posted by Lyn Hilt | January 7, 2011, 12:01 pm

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Jeff Delp

Junior high principal by day, sports enthusiast, technology fanatic and jedi in my own mind. Striving to be a difference maker!
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