Good to Great SOL #23
March 23, 2017
let your dreams be bigger than your fears and actions louder than your words.
I drove home Tuesday exhausted. Not from the hard work but from a challenge put in front of me. I didn’t handle the challenge well, speak well, or really react well. I talked it over on the phone with my older son. I told him I felt stupid. I can’t remember ever really saying that about myself before now. He asked me if I was too old or really not smart enough to understand. Both of those things cut me to the quick. I wrote yesterday’s post about it. I didn’t find comfort in any of my comfort routines. I walked the dog. I changed my clothes. I didn’t even want to cook. I fell asleep in my reading chair at 8:30 p.m. without reading anything. This isn’t me, I always rise… or do I?
Students are limited by teacher’s comfort zones.
If that is true then when I am limited by my comfort zone, the teachers I collaborate with are limited by that discomfort and so are their students. In other words, SHAKE IT OFF RIGHT NOW! I’m a thinker and a planner, so I’ll avoid a little, read a lot, think some more, and then get on with it. If I am assisting in creating 21st century thinkers, classrooms, learning plans, and environments, I have to stretch myself. I have to find my own zone of proximal development and dig in. My enthusiasm is directly connected to some other humans willingness to give things a go.
So for today, I’m going to walk the dog, make some dinner, read lots of blogs, and some other things, and I’m not going to be old, or stuck, or even stupid. I’m going to put on different glasses and view things differently.
As a union organizer I know said, “We should strive to make hope possible instead of despair convincing.” If you want that in a more global perspective than my little pity party, watch the Black-ish episode called LEMONS.
Grateful to be part of the Slice of Life Writing Challenge. Thank you to Two Writing Teachers. Read some exceptional blogs here.