Stretching Ourselves as Educators


Flexibility, as displayed by water, is a sign of life. Rigidity, its opposite, is a sign of death. ~Anthony Lawlor

As a former ballet dancer, a teacher, and a technologist, it dawned on me what incredible power there is in flexibility. It's not uncommon to assume an easily movable object is a flimsy one. People tread nervously across suspension bridges and balk at the thought of buying a camera tripod as silly-looking as this one. And yet, the more I think about it, the more I realize the ingenuity and inherent power in flexibility.

Surveying many educational environments reveals that some of our most powerful assets as teachers and learners are, in fact, the most flexible ones. These assets include the wires beneath our school grounds, the resources we find online, and most importantly, our very selves.