Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween Challenge to Educators

This week, I was inspired by NBC's "The Office" to take up a challenge in the mindset around Halloween.  Near the end of the episode title "Spooked", the boss makes the following comment:
Fear places an interesting role in our lives.  How dare we let it motivate us?  How dare we let it into our decision-making, our livelihood, into our relationships?  It's funny isn't it?  We take a day a year to dress up in costume to celebrate fear?
I found myself thinking about this cartoon.

Too many times, I have heard of educators thinking of an innovative way to change instruction, assessment, engagement, classroom management, and so on, but are too scared of the outcome.  This idea never gets implemented and the success (or failure) of it is never experienced.  Educators are left thinking, "What if....?" 

I challenge you, and myself, in Novemeber to take a "new idea", that may have been sitting on the shelf collecting dust, and try it out!  The outcome could be very suprising...of course you could end up with a day of failure, but then again you could experience one day of great success.  Remember, as illustrated by this 4 minute video below creativity starts with a belief.

1 comment: