The

 ANTIFRAGILE 

TEACHER

Thriving Through Chaos

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FRAGILE

Any stress or disturbance causes the teacher harm.

 

RESILIENT

Defenses protect teachers from harm...to a point.

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ANTIFRAGILE

Stress and disturbance boosts a teachers work.

THE ONE TRUTH ABOUT TEACHING

THE PLAN WILL NEVER GO ACCORDING TO PLAN

BE READY TO THRIVE! 

Swan

The Black Swan

Black Swan Events are moments that are surprising, have a major impact, and are easier to see with hindsight.  The unexpected is part of the DNA of every classroom.  Instead of spending your energy trying to prevent every Black Swan Event you should build a robustness and flexibility to use the unexpected to make you better.

RANDOMNESS

A key part of being an Antifragile Teacher is embracing...randomness.  With so many factors out of a teacher's control the perfect lesson (and the worst) often happens by accident.  It is a big mistake to fail to recognize the role that randomness plays in the classroom.

UNCERTAINTY

It may sound odd but lying within uncertainty is potential.  The more that we eliminate uncertainty by over-planning and  over-stressing we are ironing out the potential for great, big, transformational learning moments.

MISTAKES

We encourage our students all of the time to not worry about making mistakes.  We should listen to that advice.  Mistakes and setbacks are the inertia needed for progress.  An antifragile teacher is not afraid of mistakes because they know how to avoid the big ones. 

Purpose in the classroom:

Where to find it. how to keep it.

RECOVERY

Like exercising, you need time to recover.  Mistakes are good...if we learn from them. Reflection is a key element of being an antifragile teacher. Reflection aids the growth that we all seek as educators.

INVESTMENT

As we grow and develop as educators we need to be smart as what we invest in.  Do we try to adopt every new technology or pedagogy? What books should we read? What should our curriculum look like? Being antifragile is knowing what to invest in.

SKIN IN THE GAME

Purpose can only exist in a classroom in which everyone is invested.  Purpose is something that you earn.  It is something that you choose to pay the price for. Students and teachers both must be invested in order to grow into an antifragile teacher.