Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Change is the only constant (#14inFeb)

Keys To Community, a nine-foot bronze sculptur...Image via WikipediaYesterday, I challenged readers to participate in the 14 in February Blogging Challenge. I am very excited that eleven educators have mentioned that they are up for the challenge.

I was inspired to create the challenge after attending Educon 2.3 in Philadelphia this past weekend. That wonderful weekend of professional development and networking will give me lots to write about. Since I want to publish something right away and frequently, I will not write a thorough review of my experience. Instead, I will write several small posts discussing something from EduCon. Here it goes.

At the Friday night panel on innovation, the facilitator started things off with some quotes. Several caught my attention, including this:
When you're finished changing, you're finished. Ben Franklin
There is much written about lifelong learning and about change being the only constant. As an educator, this important for obvious reasons. More personally, I find that my thinking and outlook are in constant flux - especially since creating my twitter PLN (e.g. much of what I believe about Effective Leadership has changed in the last couple years). At the same time, many of my ideals have remained the same for years (e.g. my Philosophy of Education has been consistent since 1996).

The take-away here and from the innovation panel discussion is that change and innovation are necessary in our lives and in our schools. It is the only constant.