There is an overflow of NEW THIS and NEW THAT in education that comes flying by us at a pace that is impossible to keep up with. How do we stay current while also making sure we don’t get carried away BY the current? It’s easy:
- Find the NEW THIS or NEW THAT. Get inspired. Let Twitter, a book, a workshop, a colleague inspire you to try something new.
- Try it. Notice I said, “it”. I didn’t say “All the things”. Play around with one new this or one new that (the method, the tool, the style) or replicate what someone else has already tried. Just. Try. It. Out.
The key is that we recognize and welcome the notion that we may get dirty when we try new things. Educators know that learning is messy for students. Guess what? It’s also messy for teachers! That’s awesome – you can be a model for learning for your students. Invite them to your journey, get their feedback, celebrate publicly, share your reflections, ENJOY the process.
Still fearful of step 2 (TRY IT)? Ask yourself:
What’s the worst that could happen?
Be honest. Most likely, the worst thing that could happen is truly not that bad. Maybe the lesson fails. Or technology hit a speed bump (laptop ran out of battery, the app didn’t load, wifi dropped, links didn’t work). Or…or…or… or what?!
Now that you’ve determined the worst, come to terms with the thought that the potential positive outcomes outweigh any of those negative possibilities.
It’s not about you; it’s about the students. Remember that.