Dear Educator: You’re Doing It Wrong

It takes a certain kind of person to be innovative. Having the passion and conviction to follow through, to take the risk despite the critics and road blocks, is tough. The old saying, If it were easy, everybody would be doing it, still holds true today. It isn't easy to hear over and over again that you are doing it wrong. It won't work. You are making a mistake. The fact is though, if we never break from the status quo to try something out of the norm, we are left with sameness and miss out on amazingness.

Make Something New

So it was an epic fail by all accounts. Yep. A Sunday School lesson designed for 5th and 6th graders, lead by yours truly, a high school teacher, did not stand a chance with the one 5th graders, 2 third graders, a 5 year old, and a 4 year old who were sitting in front of me. I thought it would be fine, since I'm used to modifying on the fly, but I didn't realize how differently those younger minds would react to what I wanted them to do.

A Little Innovation: A New Tool and the Innovator Himself

I attended my first Innovation Institute conference in Springdale, Arkansas last summer, and I was fortunate enough to see George Couros deliver the opening keynote and then attend his session. There were a lot of takeaways from this conference, his keynote, and his session, but the one that really struck a chord was the idea of digital portfolios and a one platform system across grade levels and subject areas.


So, my entrance into social media as an educator in 2016 has sucked me into the whirlwind of letting go of those pesky New Year's resolutions in favor of that one adoring word that can guide us through the upcoming year. That word can be a light that shines down on all that we do, illuminating areas in our lives and the day to day grind that are applicable. My first tentative #OneWord was born that January, 2016.