“Sometimes, the most valuable thing you get from the network isn’t an idea but the inspiration or courage to try something new.” George Couros

Recently, a colleague at my school site, Ms. Paine, took on a new project. Ms. Paine does the drama club at our school. Instead of a traditional drama performance she decided to try something new. She still had the kids doing a performance, but it was recorded and turned into a superhero iMovie. It was a new thing, so it was not without some hiccups.

For example, I was helping her after school one day, trying to pull the movie off the iPad and make it playable in a different format. We were having some issues, to say the least. It was a great learning experience. By that, I mean that things that should have worked weren’t, so we tried something else, which only partly worked, etc. The deadline of “Opening Night” was coming up. Panic, stress, pressure was increasing. We were having quite the challenge trying to figure it out.

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At one point, she made a comment that we’ve all made in the midst of something like this…

“This is why people don’t try new things.”

She was half-joking, but how true. How much easier just to do the same thing “we’ve always done. So much less trouble, less stress.

How often do we help our students feel this way by giving them something that pushes them into uncomfortable territory (AKA New learning)? How often do they feel like giving up?

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I refer back to the original quote.

“Sometimes, the most valuable thing you get from the network isn’t an idea but the inspiration or courage to try something new.” George Couros

Change is hard. Trying new things is hard. But if we want our kids to try new things, take risks, be creative…how much more do we need to do those same things? It is uncomfortable, but I want to be willing to learn and try new things even if it doesn’t turn out the way I hoped.

Be inspired, be encouraged. Try something new. Way to try something new, Ms. Paine. Next time will be even better.

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Derrick

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