Sunday, April 17, 2016

Transformation Takes Time...

Whether we want to see a physical, mental or systemic change... it takes time. Most of us, myself included, can be impatient waiting for the transformation to take place. However, if we want the transformation to be lasting and with positive results we must be patient, persevere, and continue to make strides towards that goal.

I saw a quote on Twitter this weekend that I had to retweet. "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." --Lucille Ball

If we see something about ourselves, our classroom, or our school that we don't like we need to face it. We need to take a good look at what it is we are challenged with. We must determine what we could do differently to potentially bring about the change we want. Keeping in mind that the genesis of the change we desire must be rooted in positivity. Once you are committed to the transformation you must begin to adjust your habits you have become accustomed to. We all know Albert Einstein's famous quote, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Ironically, in education we tend to more often than not do the same thing over and over again year after year and complain that we aren't making progress.

I am proud to say that at FHS we are working as a collaborative team to brainstorm and develop new approaches that are in the best interest of our students. Both our math department and English departments have committed to systematic changes for next year to bring about positive results for our students. We recognized a need and we are adjusting so that we don't keep replicating the same problem year after year. Changing the systematic approach is just one step. The teaching and instruction must also adapt to better engage and support our learners. We would be naive to think that merely making a schedule change would fundamentally improve student learning. Each must go hand in hand in order to bring about the transformation we want to see with our students.

Fairfield High is in the midst of TRANSFORMATION. We are making strides and progress. However, there are moments that are stressful and discouraging and that is a reality that must be faced and not ignored. Remember, as Lucille Ball once said, "...nothing can be changed until it is faced." So, when the days get tough that is when we must dig in even deeper and remember why we are here. We are here to deliver the best education we possibly can to our students. We are here to be role models they may not have in front of them at home. We are here to be the facilitators of learning. We are here because we are the Fairfield High Family! We are here to push each other to be the best WE can be! In turn we push our students to BE the BEST THEY CAN BE!!

Let's keep working on this Transformation one day at a time! 

Our ONE goal: To graduate every Fairfield High Student and to ensure that they leave FHS college and career ready!!! 
Inspire, Engage, Excite, Lead, Foster, Create, Empower!!

Many more great things are in store for Fairfield High!

Continue to be innovative, creative, and a model of excellence!


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