We Did That…

Here is an exceptionally easy way to kill innovation and positive movement in your school: tell people “we did that __ years ago”.

It is a sure fire way to save you time growing the idea, building upon past successes/failures, and mentoring teacher leaders through the process. It is a sure fire way to keep meetings short and painless. It is sure fire way to maintain comfort. It is sure fire way to remain a manager.

The choice is yours:

  1. Kill possibilities by proclaiming how that was tried in the past or done already
  2. Give life to possibilities by being a leader and mentor that builds upon the past instead of using it as an excuse


  1. Ryan – I hate when I hear – “We did that before.” How about the implementation? Did you do it well? Why didn’t it work?

    The reason I love sharing my ideas with others is that my colleagues and members of my PLN usually help ask clarifying questions and add suggestions that make them more successful.

    • Great points about your PLN. It is perhaps one of the reasons many of us are drawn to those connections.



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