First things first.
In writing this I am TOTALLY out of my comfort zone (hope that’s a big tick for me from the pedagoo team). Secondly, what is it I’m actually uncomfortable about?
Judgments? They happen frequently.
Derision? Not here.
Reflecting honestly on my own practice? …hmmm…
I was one of the many at pedagoosunshine this weekend, and like many, I left feeling inspired, curious and positive about the ideas I’d heard, the ideas I’d shared and the potential to build new friendships with colleagues I wouldn’t have normally come into contact with.
I left feeling awed at the level of learning my new found colleagues are able to inspire in their students, and it got me thinking; am I capable of doing this with the students whose minds I’m responsible for?
I’m not sure I know the answer to that question, but I will promise to try – at least once – every single one of the ideas from this weekend.
We should take the risk. We should feel uncomfortable. We should be able to look at each of our students and see that spark ignite because we’ve taken the risk that’s caught the imagination of that hard to reach student.
My promise is simple:
I promise that every week I will allow a class to do something which takes them – and me – out of our comfort zones.
I promise that we will take the steps towards a new, braver classroom where all of our minds are opened to new ideas and possibilities.
I’ll be sharing it with the students, and colleagues in the hope that they, like you, will take up that baton and try something new.
Will it be scary? Probably.
Is it guaranteed to work? Not really.
But it is possible to walk across hot coals with the right attitude…