You have both heard and said the phrase, "Make yourself comfortable." It is a way of helping guests be at ease in your home. We want others to have a relaxing experience when hosting others.
As educators, I would argue that we cannot be at our best when we are fully comfortable -- that the changes in culture, life, and technology preclude us from being truly comfortable in our profession. If we are comfortable, that means that we are in a pattern that serves us, but not necessarily our students. In order to learn and grow ourselves, we need to become at least a little outside our comfort zone. That is a sign that we are leading students properly.
For me, I am a bit uncomfortable about leading two different tracks of our Lights Academy students since some are in their first year and others are in their second year in the program. I am working to navigate what that looks like. I am also challenged by employing more flipped classroom ideas in a Theology classroom and managing that process.
Why am I intentionally uncomfortable? Because I want to serve the students and families under my care to the best of my ability, using the gifts God has given me to serve His Kingdom. I cannot do that if I approach learning exactly the same way I did last year.
How are you making yourself uncomfortable this year?