Education is like traffic…
It all started with a tweet:
After reading this tweet, I kept thinking about this metaphor. Here are four I thought of and I would love for you to share your thoughts.
4 ways education is like traffic.
1. Everyone in line, but no one is really going anywhere.
This is SO like education. The hurry up and wait scenario. Everyone is supposedly headed toward the same destination but moving at a turtle’s pace. Maybe that is because we are traveling the same road as everyone else to get there. And truth be told most are traveling the crowded road because they have ALWAYS traveled on that road to get there. I doubt some even notice the scenery (the students they are teaching) anymore. It becomes monotonous. Driving with no thought is dangerous. So is teaching.
2. What do you do when you are stuck or lost?
People have different reactions to being lost or on a road that is at a stand still. Some stay on the route planned no matter how delayed because going a different way is frightening. I have met so many teachers with this view. I don’t understand the fear because if does not go well, they can always fall back on what they know. So why not try something new? Others reference maps or use a GPS (which is one of my very favorite inventions EVER) to solve being stuck or lost. Both work well as long as the map or the GPS is updated. It is limited to the last update. If you are not reading, collaborating with a PLN or discussing new ideas in education, then you still may not end up where you want to ultimately want to be.
3. Are you following or leading?
Just a simple thought. You can do both but just know who you are following and where you are leading others.
4. Why not take the scenic route a.k.a the road less traveled?
Others have shared the best alternative routes. Trying to avoid heavy traffic, I called friends that lived near the area. The trip may have taken longer but the benefit was seeing new things. Detours and alternate routes are like new educational tools and ideas. Twitter was one detour for me. Our tech coach shared it and for the next 3 days I immersed myself in it. YES, it took a while to get where I wanted to be but now it is my favorite route to go for new ideas, comments, suggestions and encouragement.
So what is your destination as an educator? How about for your students? There are many ways to get there. The choice is yours!