I'm sure you can imagine what that means with regard to parenting, but as a teacher or another professional, it can be hard to fully embrace the idea that as an adult you are still supposed to make mistakes. After all, you've had an incredible amount of education and you are supposed to somewhat of an expert in what you do. But here is the thing, this digital landscape is changing FAST and it requires time and effort to keep a handle on it.
What does that mean for classroom teachers?
For one thing, it means that you don't have to know everything and you can't; however, as you embark on this digital learning journey, know that it will take time to learn new things and you have to be willing to make mistakes and hit some bumps in the road. So here are some steps to encourage your hard work and mistakes.
- Find the person at your school who seems to know everything. (BTW, they don't know everything but they can tell you where they've learned what they know.)
- Ask for book recommendations, classes to take, blogs to follow, etc. Or simply ask, "where did you learn that?"
- Choose one or two of those leads and follow them.
- Schedule a time on your calendar or put a task on your to-do list that's titled: Learn xxx. Then stick to it.
- Inevitably, you will learn something.
- ***Try something as soon as you learn it. It might succeed, it might flop this time around. Don't give yourself time to second guess whether you should try what you've learned. TRY!***
- Reflect on your attempt. It's so easy to skip this step, but it's essential to the learning process. Ask yourself:
What went well?
What will you do differently next time?
What needs improvement?
What else do you want to learn?
- Offer yourself grace. Student are allowed to make mistakes and grow; you are just a bigger student! You get to make mistakes too. It's the only way you'll grow.
- Head back to steps 1, 2, 3 or 4 and start again.
- After awhile, share what you know. To you, what you do may seem ordinary, but to others it can be extraordinary.