I could do that if my school was more progressive. I could do that if my (Principal, Dept. Chair, insert appropriate boss title) would let me, encourage me, say "yes". We hear these things so often. Or sometimes it shows up as envy...That school is so incredible, they have the best (Principal, Superintendent, insert some authority figure that is being given credit) or I wish I had access to those resources.
The worst example, one that we have been hearing a lot in the last year traveling around the country, "I used to be able to do ______________, but that was when the quality of our students was higher, and now I can't do _______________ anymore because we are bringing in a much lower caliber of student.
Teaching is not a standardized profession where you show up, get instructions and follow them. Teaching is leadership...every choice, every moment with young people has infinite options, and we need teachers to lead from the field. The assumption that good schools got that way because they had clear, well thought-out and clearly communicated instructions that were handed down to teachers at the beginning and then carried out is false. Those schools got there the same way every great school got there. Hard work, collaboration, and teachers who embody a willingness to lead up and create on behalf of students. Any educator, in any school, has this option.
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