Today, we spent a good deal of time talking about personalities and behaviors within a group. I found some of the things we discussed “unsettling”. I HATE conflict! When we first began talking about personalities, I thought the discussion was useful. Afterwards, we moved on to team dynamics and the “storming” stage. Nope, I love peace, no dissension coming from this corner! 😉
I started to change my mind as the workshop continued. We talked about conflict being the catalyst that begins group cohesion. Conflict does not mean “my way or the highway”, but instead the allowance for personality differences within the group. If we all openly communicate, respect, and encourage different perspectives we will achieve even greater things. Okay, so I feel a little better about conflict.
This got me to thinking. Teaching is what I love to do. I have even taught in a school in a PBL school. I know a little of what to expect, right? Ha!
Each day in training, we cover something familiar. And within moments, IA turns it on its head! I love it. I don’t want to just have a good classroom. I want my class to be the place where new and exciting events (as well as best practices) happen daily. So exciting!
So, I’ve thought of a book that captures the spirit of turning the traditional upside down.
Bubba the Cowboy Prince, by Helen Ketteman, takes the Cinderella story mixes everything up. Roles change. Buuba is the underdog in this story, and the princess is a go getter. Iconic symbols are transformed to a Texan setting. This is a great book to capture the feeling of change and excitement about this new chapter in my career.