There is a great deal of research out there about change, and in education, things are always changing. Sometimes change is within our control and other times it’s not. Regardless, we can become masters at dealing with change. Here are some tips for handling change, specifically at school.
1. Know You Can Adapt
Although a change may seem strange or drastic at first, know your mind and body are actually quick to adapt to change. This phenomenon is called the adaptation capacity, and, for most of us, it’s higher than we think. Soon, what was once new will feel like the norm.
2. Change Your Mindset
If you can’t control the change, change the way you think about it. For example, if you’re newly assigned to recess duty, think of the positives. You get fresh air, a break in your day, and some Vitamin D. It isn’t all bad!
3. Stay within Your Circle of Control
Don’t spend energy on things you can’t control, like a new principal who is watching you like a hawk. Instead, pour yourself into what you can control, such as a new lesson or a new fundraiser you can’t wait to launch this school year.
Good luck with all the changes (good, bad, and ugly!) this new year!
What is something that is changing for you this year?
What are your tips for dealing with change?
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