Routine isn’t bad. It provides a sense of security and understanding on how life works. My children do better when we keep to a routine. Even in my classroom, I noticed when I arranged my desk in rows there were less issues to deal with. The sun comes up, the sun goes down; nature has its routine.
But all routines have a beginning and an end. As my kids grow their routines change. The desks in my room had to move to fit different lessons. The time when the sun rises and sun sets change everyday.
When do we change?
Why don’t we change?
The first iPad sold on September 17, 2010 (just two years ago). In the ESU 10 area we have at least eight schools with 1-to-1 iPad programs this year and at least another five looking at going to 1-to-1 programs next year. Not to mention all the schools that have iPad labs. iPads are just an example of the rapid shift happening right now in our world. There is change happening in schools, but we are still driving on the same road.
We have been on this road for so long that we don’t even consider pulling over at a rest stop. We put the school on cruise control and head toward graduation. Even if there is construction, or a bad storm, we have always arrived at our destination.
But there are many roads we can take. And reasons to take them. The first step to change is recognizing that the road we are on may not be the best one for us.
Because I am afraid the kids are sleeping in the back to pass the time…