People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. -John Maxwell
Before we proceed with this blog, you must watch this video on leadership. Go ahead…I will wait…
Ok. So my question to you is who are you? Are you the Lone Nut? Or are you a First Follower or maybe the second? I’ve watched this video several times and I must confess…I am a lone nut. While I don’t get up and dance like this guy did in a public arena, I do like to step out into the unknown and take chances. This very personality trait resulted in my story.
Many of you who read this blog probably find yourself in a leadership role of some kind. Even if you aren’t a school or district leader, you are definitely the leader of your classroom. By taking some risks and stepping forth, you become a part of a movement of change. Take note…the lone nut isn’t always popular. Change can be threatening and downright scary, especially to folks who are the ones who tend to linger in the back of the crowd and never really feel comfortable joining in the dance. What I’ve learned over the last 3 years of working with iPads, is that it is ok to embrace that lone nut role. I have apologized for myself and sat back and kept my dancing feet still, but after experiencing the ADE Institute in Austin, and being with approximately 400 other lone nuts, (or at the very least First Followers), I am stepping out and dancing in front of all of you. (For the record, unlike the dancing guy in the video, I am fully clothed.)
At my age, I find it a lot easier to speak my mind about what I believe is right and what I don’t. We can not be awash in the flood of “Yes, but we’ve always done it this way.” If you simply add technology to what you are already doing, you will not get very far. We need lone nuts and their followers to create a movement that authentically brings technology into our classrooms. We can courageously follow and encourage others to follow as well.
My next lone nut step will be to jump all the way on the Personalized Learning plane. Perhaps it will be more accurately stated that I am building that plane as I fly it…however, I have wonderful colleagues like Frannie and I’m certain that together we will not crash. I will be documenting that movement into personalized learning over this next school year. I’ve already been trying some things but will be letting my freak flag fly in August.
So, I hope you will follow this lone nut into new adventures. I go back to school in 11 days. What do you say? Wanna Dance?
Today we will do exciting new things. Let’s get to it!