Allowing everything to be-come in its own time not only requires so much less effort, but produces such better results that it’s worth being firm for just a moment: put down the ruler, wipe that stern expression off your face, and listen to what the classroom is doing.
One thing I have known about myself for a long time: I embrace paradox. I’m fine with oxymorons. In the words of Turbish from Disenchantment: two things can be true. So sure, take comfort in tradition while never being comfortable with it, look for the new to find the old, and go back home to discover where to go next.