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MBA's Spring Flowers.
As I update my blog today (March 15), I should be talking about the lovely spring weather, getting the lawn prepared for summer, and enjoying preseason baseball. Instead, it's 25 degrees outside and we've barely missed a couple of snow events. Where did all the 70 degree weather we had in February go? Oh well, we will just have to adjust.
Having to adjust to the "unexpected" is something we do at Meadowbrook everyday. Our students are getting individualized instruction, so it must be flexible. It is not unusual see something work today, but it doesn't work the next day. While this can be problematic, we use it as a teaching tool with our students. Learn to adjust to keep moving forward.
I was having this same discussions with a couple of staff members on this topic just this morning. We were talking about how many issues hit us even before we get inside the door of the school each day. When I arrive at school, most of my mornings consist of clocking in, turning on the announcement boards, getting a cup of coffee, checking my agenda for the day, and checking in with the staff. That is my routine. But it's not unusual for me to have a morning that looks much different:
...we have issue with the heat/AC, this staff member is out and we can't find a sub, this parent has called and demands that you call them back before 8am, a bus is running late, etc....
My choices are to 1) adjust, or 2) go back home. Going back home isn't going to solve anything, so I adjust. If I had a "reset" button somewhere on my person, I'd use it. (see JANUARY 27, 2016 BLOG ENTRY)
Everyone loves their routines. They are comfortable and create very little stress for us to deal with. But when something breaks that routine, we have to adjust. This is a valuable lesson for our students so they can compete in the workplace once they graduate. Sometimes we have to stand our ground on certain issues, but knowing when to stand-up is the key for a successful outcome. Most of the time we simply have to adjust.
As we spring forward into Spring, let's all be willing to adjust where we need to. If we are not willing to adjust, life just might leave us behind.