I've always said that I hated change, but that's not true. In the past fifteen years I've survived SMART boards, one-to-one classrooms, Moodle, Google Classroom, and now Genius Week. Survival implies that these changes were out to destroy me...and upon reflection that is the furthest thing from the truth. These changes have made me a better teacher - and a better person. I find myself more flexible than I was twenty years ago.
Now don't get me wrong - I still stress out if I don't think I'll get through my curriculum, and I hate seeing kids out of the classroom because of meetings, leaving early for athletic events, and generally missing class. However, Genius week wasn't missing curriculum, it was giving control to the kids. Something I need to do more often.
I realized that I struggled with facilitating. I wanted to solve the problem or at least get in my two cents worth. That was a valuable lesson for me. Genius Week also made me think of how I could bring some of that energy to my regular course work. What "problems" could I create in literature, government, or law that these kids could solve?
Regardless of what people think of the 'old guard,' there are a lot of us well-seasoned teachers willing to look at new innovations in education and embrace them. We can bring some of that seasoning into new philosophies and provide kids with some wonderful experiences.