MVP: Acting out of habit can be ineffective when things change.
A year ago, we added a cabinet to our kitchen and rearranged where things were. The silverware drawer was moved from the opposite side of the kitchen to a drawer in the new cabinet, right next to the dishwasher.
We have lived in this house for 17 years and old habits are hard to break.
This morning when I went to put away a clean fork, I went to the drawer that it used to be in. I didn’t realize my mistake until I opened the drawer and saw spatulas and ladles.
We moved the silverware almost a year ago, and I am still defaulting to old patterns.
With a new situation, the old pattern doesn’t work.
I can’t speak to every profession, but in education things have changed. Our old patterns of teacher recruitment and development, and of student discipline aren’t serving us well. Things have changed.
This week, be mindful of what you do. Are you using old strategies that aren’t working?
Be mindful, listen. Look, and reflect.