Writing a Perspective

at 10:43 PM

Around this time of year, the dreaded New Year's resolution is a distant memory. I know this because, for the past three years, I have made the exact same resolution. And, for three straight years, it is around this time that I give up. My resolution has been exactly this; to write and submit a Perspective to KQED.

The many dreamed-up but never actually-written-down Perspectives are a time capsule tracking my experiences as a new educator. I first planned to write about how my third graders' bickering sounded painfully similar to how our elected officials "debate," then about how an 8-year-old's interpretation of "Charlotte's Web" made me weep like a baby, and finally about the irony of sitting still in desks during grad school while our professors lectured on the importance of movement in 21st century classrooms.

When I struggled to actually put these ideas to paper, though, all the advice I received followed the same underlying theme: Just do it, already! Block off time, the blogs and my neighbors advised, and just write. But the problem with a mindless focus on "doing" is that something always tends to come up -- a phone call or a more important errand. Before I knew it, my New Year's resolution shriveled up alongside the calendar month of January.

And then on one unspectacular day recently something shifted. A simple belief came into focus right above my dashboard: Hey, I think I can do this! I realized that, simmering right beneath the past three years of procrastination and blank pieces of paper was a fundamental belief that I couldn't pull it off. Forcing myself to reconsider that belief unlocked my ability to start writing.

I am realizing that a well-known saying in education is ringing true for my own resolutions: to change student actions, you must first change their beliefs.

Sponsored

And so...finally...

With a Perspective, this is Caroline Kusin Pritchard.

Sponsored

Caroline Kusin Pritchard works for an education reform commission in San Francisco and lives in Palo Alto.

Volume
KQED Live
Live Stream
Log In ToPledge-Free Stream
LATEST NEWSCAST
KQED
NPR
Live Stream information currently unavailable.
Share
LATEST NEWSCAST
KQED
NPR
KQED Live

Live Stream

Live Stream information currently unavailable.