Investing your resources is always a risky venture. Along the way there is guaranteed to be failure and loss, but the gains can offset the losses.
I'm not talking about equipment, y'all.
I've been thinking about this quite a bit lately. It's been one of those times of the year where my personal life and professional life blend together. I not only work for the school district, I have kids in the schools in the district. I get to see both sides and it thrills me! Seeing my children excited about learning and engaged. Seeing them challenge themselves...I attribute this to their teachers more than anything else. Every day I get to see some top-notch educators in action. We have brilliant folks in our schools that are greatly undervalued. I am in awe daily - and that is truth.
As I have three children, one of whom is away at college, Over the years, I have seen a transformation of sorts in classrooms. I used to cringe at some of the tasks he brought home - great in concept, but very 1985 if you know what I mean. I see my younger two kids getting very different, more 21st century tasks. Sometimes from those same teachers their older brother had. I see the change. I know it is happening. Education is being transformed by the educators - it is important to know that THEY are the true instruments of change - not the lawmakers mandating the what. These folks realize the why.
Because they understand the why, teachers that have been in this business for decades are changing instruction. They know that students today are not the same as those that sat in their classrooms five years ago. They invest their time to learn about new practices and tools that inspire today's learners. They invest their personal time.
Investing is risky. With risk is reward.