This week I had the opportunity to drive to Northern Ontario. I was blessed to have a breathtaking drive, complete with the amazing changing colours of fall. The bright red, orange, yellow and green in the rolling hills, brought to life by sunshine made my jaw drop as I travelled along the highway. I enjoyed the drive, the quiet and the opportunity to reflect.
I had the opportunity to drive north in August and I remember thinking how beautiful the forests were, but compared to what I was seeing now, there really was no comparison. A dark green forest, compared to the beauty of the changing season reminded me that sometimes differences are what make things more beautiful.
This made me think of our students, teachers, classrooms and schools. The makeup of our schools are like forests…complete with a variety of vegetation, all types needed to make the forest dynamic. The beauty of a changing forest, like the wide ranging types of students and teachers comes from the fact that we are all different. We learn, explore and grow at different rates, no two people alike. Some of us change faster than others, some of these changes influence others, some of us more resistant, the process of change taking much longer. One is not better than the other, simply different. The beauty of this difference can be seen when you step back and see how one piece compliments another.
As I continue along my path of promoting change in education, I promise to let this image remind me that although the process of change is different for all involved, change is inevitable. The beauty comes from watching the various levels of change create a landscape that can take your breath away. Change is a beautiful sight!