I completed my 4th lesson and I've learned a lot, but I've been very uncomfortable leaving my old swing habits to adopt new ones. It means I have to constantly rehearse and review what the swing should be while keeping myself from falling into my old ways. So, I monitor everything I do in the swing every time I swing. Taking golf lessons is a risk because I'm admitting I'm not as good as I think I am and adopting new methods in favor of status quo.
What does this have to do with education? A lot.
I believe I can generalize - every teacher wants to be the best they can be. They want to help every student learn and help every student be engaged in what they are learning. If this is true then, like my golf lessons, every teacher needs to get uncomfortable about pedagogy and dive into new methods. Is it easy? No. Is it necessary? Yes.
Why is it necessary? Status quo stinks and the first people to realize status quo in education are students. They know when a teacher is being lazy. They know when a teacher isn't trying to reach them. I know when a teacher lacks drive to be the best. They also know when a teacher is working their butt off but struggling. Kids perceive whether or not a teacher is really working or not. If our greatest stakeholders are our students, then just like me getting out of my comfort zone, so to teachers need to get out of their comfort zone.