What would you do (as a teacher) if you weren’t afraid?
I can’t believe we’re already at the end of September! It seems like this 30 day challenge (and the school year!) have just begun! And what a prompt to end on!
I made a lot of changes this year that I certainly wouldn’t have done if I had been afraid. In the past, making changes was the scary part for me, but it came to the point that my students’ performance simply wasn’t good enough, and I was so fed up with it that I couldn’t keep going the way I had been. So I overcame a great deal of fear and trepidation and made some huge changes. Has everything been perfect and awesome? Certainly not. Have I second-guessed whether or not I’m doing the right thing? Absolutely. But ultimately, I think I’m doing it right.
But the question isn’t when have I overcome fear, it’s what would I do if I weren’t afraid. So what am I afraid of?
Let’s see, this might be a little silly, but here’s the first thing that comes to mind: If I weren’t afraid (of cheating) I would go entirely paperless. In fact, this was my original plan. I got a class set of iPads with wireless keyboards this year, and I was determined to have all writing assignments done on the iPads and turned in via Google Drive. But then, during my pre-test of all things, a kid cheated and used Google Translate. Since I haven’t yet figured out a way to keep that from happening, major writing assignments now happen on paper. I still use the iPads and Google Drive for speaking assignments and lots of creative projects, but I’m kind of afraid to try again with the writing.