I think it’s imperative to follow your heart and choose a profession you’re passionate about.-Steve Kerr
What’s your story? We all have one. Mine is chronicled here on this blog and while it may seem like a love note to Apple and iPads most of the time, it is more about the changes in my classroom as a result of innovation.
Teachers are innovators. We have to be. We are often short on time, money, and resources, but we are not short on passion, creativity, and a desire to make a difference. It is easy to walk down the hall everyday to your classroom, close the door, and go about the business of educating each day. It is easy to start believing that what you do doesn’t matter and even easier to drift into autopilot. It becomes easy to reject new ideas and technologies because that brings change and change brings uncertainty and uncertainty brings…well, it brings a degree of discomfort. And who has time for that?
There is a bigger story here. It’s your story. How do you innovate? What if you tried one thing differently today? What if you said no to “what we’ve always done” and said yes to something you’ve always wanted to do?
Ok, enough about you, let’s talk about me…I’ve said before iPads have been a game changer in my teaching career. I’ve always believed in my calling to teach. It is who I am, but that doesn’t mean I am impervious to ruts, routines, and rigor mortis. Jumping into this project with a “what if” mindset opened more doors than I even imagined. Stretching, embracing the change, and learning to live in the uncertain was my personal lesson plan. It was not (and still isn’t) without setbacks, do overs, and what-in-the-world-was-I-thinking moments. Innovation does not come without your personal investment. Innovation doesn’t necessarily mean setting the world on fire…I’d settle for setting my students on fire for learning.
Make a promise to yourself that you will try one new thing. Stir your creative juices and stretch. Your skin may feel a little tight; but in the end, you will find your story. You will re-discover what it is that brought you to this profession and you will be better for it-both personally and professionally.
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