In the introduction to the book, the author touches on the subject of risk-taking - not only of the need to teach students to take risks, but to take risks as teachers. He uses the term risk forward to describe what teachers should do.
Along the way, Wyborney recognizes the difficulties.
My journey was not a rapid one, nor was it without its setbacks.
Through my years as an educator, I've become passionate about seeking out powerful truths regarding students and classrooms. I now realize I will never complete my pursuit of learning. Like so many other educators around me, I have a passion to grow, to continue learning, and to constantly reflect.
I can point to specific points along my 28-year path that might be classified as forehead-slapping moments. They are often moments when we realize that others have blazed similar trails or that others have made discoveries that can be very useful in our own world. With humility, we share the sentiment of Steve Wyborney in the introduction of his book.
Almost every time an epiphany strikes, I marvel at how I had ever missed the truth. Often, it is an idea...that has been repeatedly poured into my life or a truth that has been standing in front of me for years. Suddenly, what may have been a vague, peripheral concept is clear and obvious. I am not the originator of these ideas; I have merely recognized their validity and power and have been deeply impacted by them...