Archive for January, 2017

Stretching the box

Posted: January 23, 2017 in Motivation and engagement

I have been very active on Twitter in the past few months and my participation in various chats and exchanges have made me grow immensely as an educator. During some exchanges, I remember telling a fellow educator and Facebook friend “why don’t you write a blog”? Funny I would say that because when I look at myself, I fall victim to excuses and I don’t give myself the chance to write and share some ideas.

So no more excuses! A new week, a new me.

At the beginning of this month, I had the privilege of being on a #kidsdeserveit chat with Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome. At the end of each chat, they ask the participant to give viewers a challenge. After thinking about it, I told people find ways of stretching their box and sharing it. I now want to come back to that challenge.

You see, as teachers, we often feel trapped in a structural box. This box can be the classroom and its curriculum, the school and its rules, the district and its programs or the province/state and its policies. However, if you think about it, it isn’t true that you can’t do anything about it. In my own work and experiences, I have fallen victim to the blame game: I can’t do this because… When in reality, although I realize that I can’t undo the structure or the box for now, I can slowly stretch it.

Many educators have inspired me to do many great things. And there are many things I still haven’t accomplished or tried in a classroom or school. But I now find myself at least saying: “I can do this” and “this is how I will go about it”.

As we all start a new week, I hope you all have the chance to reflect upon how you can stretch that rigid box you find yourself in. What small change can you do that will make a huge difference for a student, a colleague or a parent?

The only barriers that exist are the ones that we create for ourselves. Try one thing, own it and share it.

As great mentors have previously told me and inspired me: You should do it, because kids deserve it!