Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. – Bill Bradley
Most of my blog posts are reflective but this time I’m thinking about my own ‘action’.
I’m often looking around for ways to extend myself in any way – I don’t like to ‘settle’. I don’t have an end-game.
In a previous life, I coached a group of Under-10 boys in a basketball team. Then I coached two teams. Then four. I maxed out (of hours in the week) at eight. Eventually I gained enough experience through coaching kids from Under-8 to Under-18 that I explored coaching seniors.
But perhaps the best part of that role, apart from seeing a child score their first basket, a team get their first win, was working with younger coaches to assist in refining and strengthening their craft. This led to more operational responsibilities but still I got a real kick out of seeing their progress. To this day some of those boys and girls are still coaching – and that is a win in itself.
So here I am today. Still ambitious and still looking to extend myself.
I’ve started to explore Masters of Education programs in International Baccalaureate, ICT and Leadership – so many different pathways that I’d love to tackle.
Over the past twelve months I’ve been caught up in a Google Apps for Education storm. I’m really excited to apply for the new Google Education Certified Innovator program. I’m going to spend the coming months thinking about how I can present the ways that I empower my learners with technology and foster a culture of innovation in our learning space.
These holidays I’ve been reading Eric Sheninger’s book Digital Leadership. It has been a great follow-up to EduTECH in June and the inspiration drawn to drive positive change with my teaching and learning. Though I’m not a ‘leader’ by title in my school by any means, it is something I’m passionate about and excited to (hopefully) explore one day. It has jolted me into thinking about ways I can be, at the least, a digital leader, by modelling appropriate practices, creating opportunities for my students to be creative and innovative – stay tuned for a new project – and becoming more involved with key stakeholders.
I feel fortunate that I’ll be running a workshop about blogging for transdisciplinary learning and hosting our internal TeachMeet on Conference Day next week. I love sharing what I do with others, especially my colleagues. One thing that stuck with me from EduTECH was stated profoundly by George Curos – ‘We as educators have a moral obligation to share what works.’
There’s a lot going on here. That’s okay. It’s exciting. Maybe it will all happen. Maybe it won’t. But I won’t die wondering.
After all… I’m just learning!