Inspiration is Everywhere…
When was the last time you felt inspired? My most recent source of inspiration actually came from a Halls cough drop. It reminded me of something I have been thinking about. How are we putting our ideas into action? What are we actually doing?
As educators, we have a 24-hour access pass to inspiration. Inspiration can come from attending a conference, listening to a Podcast, scanning Twitter, or engaging in a conversation with a colleague.
Last week, I had the privilege of hearing George Couros speak at an event. Each time I hear him speak, I leave inspired, motivated and thinking about things in a new way. He posed a question, “When you get back from a conference or a PD day, can your students notice a difference?” It made me start to think about how much we just talk about a learning experience, about how wonderful it was, and how inspired we felt. However, are we putting anything into action afterward? Are we setting goals for ourselves and holding one another accountable to do something with our learning? We need to be more transparent with our learning goals. When the goal is just in our head it is easy to lose track of it or forget that inspiration we originally felt.
Ways to Take Action
Write It Down
There are so many platforms where you can do this. Tweet out a goal you have after a learning experience, post it outside your room or office door, share your goal with your students, or post it on a blog. Blogging is something I have tried in the past, but I have never followed through with it. This is because I was doing it for the wrong reasons. I was trying to write for other people instead of looking at it as a vehicle for my own learning.
Create a Video
I had a powerful conversation with an administrator recently about the benefits of creating a video to communicate learning goals. What if we shared our learning goals at the beginning of the year, after a conference, or after an in-service day? If each educator shared a quick video of their next steps, not only would we be able to hold each other accountable for these goals, but we could also continue to inspire others by sharing.
Create a Plan and Prioritize
Sometimes new learning can be overwhelming, especially after attending a conference where there are so many powerful ideas. This is something I struggle with. I often have so many ideas that I don’t know where to begin or I try to take off with all of them. I need to be better at prioritizing. I try to think about what I can do tomorrow, next month, and what I need to file for next year. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that all action doesn’t have to be immediate! Keep the idea visible, on a post-it or whiteboard so it doesn’t get lost!
I would love to hear how you keep track of your goals and ideas!