If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got.
-some motivational speaker somewhere
Sometimes, we have to let go of the way we've always done things to grow. I've been there, heard that, rode the bike...
That's right. The bike. The bike of unlearning. The bike of gracefullness.
Granted, anyone who tries to ride it will not feel graceful, or even very successful. I certainly did not when I gave it a shot two years ago. However, it is all in what you take away from the experience. I can honestly say, I took a lot away from that experience. So much that I knew this needed to be experienced by teachers in the district where I work.
The bike riding adventure above was captured at our 8th NHCS Summer Institute for Instructional Innovation. This year, we were fortunate to bring Jeff Crews and Dean Phillips of Beyond the Chalk to share their message of innovation and the importance of unlearning to learn to teachers and administrators in our district. Their engaging and thought-provoking keynote inspired all who were there.
Together we tried - and failed - and learned the value of new ways of thinking.