Post 30 on the TeachThought 30-Day Blogging Challenge: What would you do as an educator if you weren’t afraid?
This prompt makes the assumption that we are afraid of something. I know that as an introvert, I was more fearful getting up in front of a group of adults than I was with students. But with the change in my role 5 years ago, that fear had to fade away. I’d like to say I got over it, but do still find myself taking a deep breath and diving in before addressing a group of adults!
Fear masks deeper issues. What am I afraid of? Taking risks? Working with others? Trying new things? Does it prevent me from doing these things? No- it can’t or I wouldn’t be productive, I wouldn’t learn, I wouldn’t grow. But perhaps there are those for whom this is an issue. Are some educators inhibited from moving forward because of underlying fears? Do they not want to be seen making mistakes? Not knowing something? Are they not taking steps toward innovation because they feel they don’t have the support?
Aren’t these the same things we work on with our students? We want to support them, encourage them to learn from mistakes, take risks.
We all have fears – whether adult or child. It’s how we handle the fears and work through them that lets our true colors shine.
I’ll close (my 30th post in 30 days!) by sharing a post written by George Couros recently about this very topic, “What Our Fear Actually Inhibits”. I found this very powerful.
Thanks for reading my blog over this past month. I intend to keep it going! And thanks to the folks at Teach Thought and Beth Leidolf for the inspiration!
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