Nov 22, 2013
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Just Ask.

Every now and again, you need a kick in the ass. You get complacent. You get lazy. You feel like, “Yeah, I’m doing pretty good.” I was feeling this way in the early parts of the semester. I was “on top” of things. My students were relatively all engaged and learning, I was tweaking what’s worked in the past. I was doing alright.

But the truth was plopped in front of me by Heather Durnin (@hdurnin), a grade eight teacher. While presenting at the ECOO conference about all the cool things she does in her classroom, it dawned on me where I was really lacking. I wasn’t asking.

I was having all these “brilliant” (it’s relative, I know) ideas about how to make the learning more authentic for my students and then determining the idea wouldn’t work for one of the following reasons:

  1. I don’t have the time to set it up.
  2. I don’t have the energy to set it up.
  3. I’ll probably get turned down.
  4. I won’t get permission.
  5. The timing won’t work out.
  6. I don’t have the tech requirements.
  7. And so on, and so on.

I was killing the idea before it left my head.

And here’s the beauty of what Heather presented, she just asked. She took the idea and ask for help. She threw the possibilities into the wind and waited. She reminded us that she got rejected plenty, but for the few times it works out, it is worth it.

I’m able to explode the walls off the classroom by simply asking for others to join us, collaborate, teach us, be apart of the community by asking.

Simple and elegant, just ask. The perfect kick in the ass I needed.

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