If you’re waiting for the perfect conditions, ideas, or plans to get started, go ahead and accept that you’ll never start. ~ @CharlieGilkey
The practice of education requires a lot of planning. There are lesson plans, school improvement plans and staff development plans. Individual educational plans, safety plans and scheduling plans. In fact, planning (in all of its varied forms) is thoroughly emphasized as a critical skill in the training of those who choose to pursue the art of teaching and administering schools.
Being prepared is always a good idea, but waiting to act until we feel prepared can be one of the biggest mistakes we make in the education profession.
As an example, consider educational technology. Many schools, administrators and/or teachers are still waiting to actively engage their students in the applied use of technology, in spite insurmountable evidence of its benefits. In many cases, the foot-dragging occurs, not because of a disbelief in the merits of technology, but because of a sense of unpreparedness. There is a belief that the right tools haven’t arrived yet, or that we don’t have enough access, or that we need more staff training, or we may even be waiting for a strategic educational technology plan that will bring it all together. We stand, like the proverbial Dutch boy, trying to hold back a tsunami with our finger–just a little longer so that we can be prepared. Meanwhile, our schools find themselves in a familiar position, years behind the curve, playing catch-up…using Commodore 64s when the iPads are out there.
Regardless of the resources or feeling of unpreparedness, do something. Find a way to take steps in the right direction. Get kids into the computer labs. Try a brainstorming session using Prezi. Work on a collaborative writing project with Google Docs. Engage students in creative expression through wikis and blogs. Use the tools you have, and get started. There can, and should be, planning–but it should not be at the expense of action. Our students’ educational experience does not have a pause button…they will move forward, ready or not.
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. ~ Will Rogers