Implementing New Ideas
Right now I'm implementing the Discovery Program curriculum in my classroom as the foundation for classroom discipline.
One challenge I'm having is implementing it for the first time. Some things work, some don't, and I'm not as confident yet with it because it's new for me too and I'm finding my way. Are you ever challenged by first time implementation of something, in your classroom? How do you handle it? How does it impact management? How do you help support what you're implementing so it's successful for you and your students, when at the same time you're just getting to know what it looks like yourself?
I tend to think (and experience) a fear of risk-taking, because it's often a process of trial and error. Trial and error is an excellent way of learning, yet the error becomes uncomfortable because of what it can mean... when it's high stakes. Yet teaching is often all about risk-taking and adjustment.
What are your experiences, and do you have any thoughts for navigating risk-taking and 1st time implementation?