“Reading is hard, and hard is necessary.” This quote was in a recent post on The Nerdy Book Club titled “Spontaneous Reading: 2016 and My Personal Literary Revolution.” According to McKinsey Crozier, the author of the post, these words of advice were hanging on the wall of her high school English classroom. Crozier goes on to talk about the need to push yourself into uncomfortable places as a reader. Places where you are scared, touched, and challenged.
As an educator, I am constantly putting myself in situations that are uncomfortable. I thrive on trying new things (hence my interest in this SOL challenge). I love to learn. I’ve always said, “When I think I know everything about teaching, fire me or force me to retire!” Even when I think things are going well, I know they can get better. I used to work for someone who encouraged us to always try to lift the level of our work; go from good to great.
This is not to say that I greet every challenge with open arms. New ideas can create anxiety. Can I do this? It will take more work. It will be hard. Sometimes I have to push myself. I think I will post the words, “Teaching is hard, and hard is necessary.” on the wall of my office. Thank you, McKinsey Crozier (and your wise English teacher).