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Education, Leadership, Teaching, Technology

There is No Pause Button

If you’re waiting for the perfect conditions, ideas, or plans to get started, go ahead and accept that you’ll never start. ~ @CharlieGilkey

:- Push the button

flickr photo by Rob Ward

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


About azjd

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


7 thoughts on “There is No Pause Button

  1. Hans Brinker was a speed skater, not the boy who plugged the dike.

    Posted by Dan | February 9, 2011, 2:55 pm
    • Thanks Dan…I knew Hans was a skater, but was mistaken in thinking that he was also the boy who plugged the hole. We will go with the “proverbial Dutch boy”– even though he was actually an American invention.

      Posted by azjd | February 9, 2011, 3:11 pm
  2. I could not agree with this article more! For some reason, educational institutions are so reluctant to move forward and bring current technology into the classroom.

    But…don’t know the Commodore 64. It’s a classic. 😉

    Posted by PCC Advantage | February 9, 2011, 4:02 pm
  3. oops! I mean “knock”, not “know”. lol!

    Posted by PCC Advantage | February 9, 2011, 4:02 pm
  4. “We’re not prepared” is usually code for “we don’t want to change.” If we’re not willing to learn as we go, then we’ll never actually go. And, I agree with PCC Advantage: Commodore 64 is where it’s at.

    Posted by Tom Altepeter | February 11, 2011, 12:40 am
  5. I so needed this post. I’m one of those people who work ALL OF THE TIME! I do it because I love it and want to be worthy teacher for my students. But, I’m also bound by my perfectionistic tendencies and try to be perfectly ready with all of my lessons which kills me every week. 😦
    Thanks for the post!!!

    Posted by sarah | February 11, 2011, 6:04 am


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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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