Are We Proactive or Reactive?

As we all know, change can be a good thing- especially when we are the ones initiating and driving the change.  My plan to launch an eportfolio platform: Enhancing with E-Ports within our classrooms this fall is an example of this planned change initiated by us. I have researched this topic and found an abundance of supportive evidence demonstrating how my plan will benefit our students.  I documented this supporting information in my Literature Review, and I have put together an Outline covering all of the details on how and when I plan to implement this Enhancing with Eports project.  I have also created this short video detailing a few, of the many, major benefits our students specifically can receive from this Enhancing with Eport implementation.

In a world that changes as fast as ours, sometimes it seems nearly impossible to keep up- especially when it comes to technology. We must shift this impossible way of thinking, quit focusing on how to keep up, and start focusing on how to lead! How can we drive the change and embrace the benefits that it will bring? This is the outcome of our shifting attitudes from the reactive state to the proactive.  When we quit waiting for change to happen around us then trying to frantically figure out what we must do to adapt, and we start digging, researching, and exploring what new information is out there that could be useful to us in our current situations and begin analyzing how we will use this and why we need to use it before we actually have to, we will be able to do much more with the information and tools we are given.

We must shift this impossible way of thinking, quit focusing on how to keep up, and start focusing on how to lead!

Just like in the industrial field that we are helping our students prepare a future in, we too must learn how to be proactive here in the education environment.  We must stay current and up-to-date on the world around us and what is going on in our field (the education system).  We need to be doing preventative maintenance (researching, reading, communicating, etc.), and preparing ourselves for possible scenarios (changes in technology, changes in educational laws and regulations, etc.) of the future and how we will adjust to these. In the industrial field, they stress the importance and safety features of proactive versus reactive.  The same aspects hold true to us in our classrooms.  It is much easier to think clearly and act efficiently when you have thought, researched, and planned your actions rather than acting spontaneously with knee-jerk reactions due to some event that triggers unplanned change.

It is much easier to think clearly and act efficiently when you have thought, researched, and planned your actions

The only way to maintain a truly proactive environment is to remain current on what others are doing in the same field as us.  What is working well? What is not working? What trends are on the horizon? What new technology tools are available? What are students benefiting the most from? We will find the answers to these questions, and more through reading, researching, and communicating with other educators within our own campus, as well as those around the world.  We must make a commitment to staying current on what is going on in our educational system, our students’ field of study, and our local campus around us.

change can be a good thing- especially when we are the ones initiating and driving the change

In turn, we must effectively communicate with each other as colleagues to ensure that everyone remains on the same page.  We must form a unified bond to help our students reach their full potential and receive the most benefits throughout our program.  We need things to be consistent for our students from one instructor to the next, and the only way to achieve this is through continuous effective communication.

 

I have also compiled a short list of books I would like to read in my near future to help guide me as an educator, leader, and innovator within my organization.  I have included a brief Annotated Bibliography to help explain how and why these books will benefit me and my plans for our program.

 

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