Obstacles are what make things hard to do. If making a needed improvement in your life or your class were easy, you would have done it already. Here are some ways to identify obstacles and some suggestions for overcoming obstacles.
1. Make sure you are addressing the right obstacle. Find the real reason. As an example, you might think your obstacle is that you just cannot organize your schedule. However, maybe the real issue is that you have trouble saying no to demands on your time from others.
2. Ask yourself some tough questions:
When I tried to improve my teaching in the past, what got in the way?
What resource or tool would make all the difference in my class?
What beliefs do I hold about my class? How well are those beliefs serving me?
3. Pay attention to your emotions. Which parts of teaching do you dread or frustrate you? Which parts of teaching Bring a Smile to your face?
1. Pray. Inspired decision making is a great blessing. It is like autocorrect when you are typing: You can make a ton of mistakes, but with the help of the Spirit everything will come out fine in the end.
2. Brainstorm 5 options on how to overcome your obstacles. Even if you think of two or three good ones, stretch yourself to think of five.
3. Imagine life with the obstacle gone. How would that change your experience? Your student’s experience?
4. Use all of your available resources and past experiences. TGL’s, OCR’s, fellow instructors, The Online Community, Instructor Guides for IL3, OL200, Coaching, are just a few of the resources that are available to you.
5. Act or Be Acted Upon. Ultimately, we have to work on overcoming our obstacles. In the process of trial and error, you will succeed. The scientist in me likes to approach obstacles like experiments. Eventually, you will have your Eureka! moment and find out what works for you!
...and now for Bob Ross! Wouldn't it be nice if we had as much passion for teaching as Bob Ross had for painting? When we have passion, our obstacles will melt away!