Slowing Down the Moment of Transition

Marshall Brewer

Slowing down the moment of transition from 2009 to 2010 can be done in several ways.  An advantage is that doing so can help make the emotional experience of change less uncomfortable.

One way to slow down change is to examine it closely.

  • What happened before?
  • How do I feel about that? 
  • What did I notice about what occurred?
  • What was valuable?  What was not?
  • What did I learn?
  • How will I use this learning in the future?
  • What are my wishes, dreams, and plans for the future?
  • What can I do to make them happen?
  • What do I need to be careful of?
  • What parts of the change make me happy?

In teaching, indeed in living, things change.  Constantly.  How we respond to change is what can make life so rich, juicy, and delicious or dry and tasteless.  As each student is a whole, complete person managing myriad changes in their life, so each teacher can embrace each student’s challenges, achievements, and joys.

A year from now, may you look back on 2010 with satisfaction, enjoyment, and learning.


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One Response to “Slowing Down the Moment of Transition”

  1. Marshall Brewer Says:

    With appreciation to Pat Moran, SIT faculty and keynote speaker at the Summer 2008 Sandanona Conference on the Learning and Teaching of Language. The title of this blog post is derived from his inspiring and moving address.

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