Introductions

As teachers, we are often asked to implement change in our classrooms, whether it be teaching toward a new set of standards, incorporating an effective strategy for instruction, or reorganizing our curriculum more profoundly (such as project-based learning or online instruction). Sometimes the impetus for making this change comes from a self-selected professional development seminar, other times it comes from the government, our school district, or our principal. Whether we want to implement these changes or not, we often get back to our classrooms and question how to make this implementation happen: How do I fit this into my curriculum? How do I find time to learn the strategy I’m being asked to implement? How do I make it my own? And finally, how do I fix the problems I encounter?

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