Thriving Through Chaos
Any stress or disturbance causes the teacher harm.
Defenses protect teachers from harm...to a point.
Stress and disturbance boosts a teachers work.
THE ONE TRUTH ABOUT TEACHING
THE PLAN WILL NEVER GO ACCORDING TO PLAN
BE READY TO THRIVE!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.