So, to my 3 readers, and any others who read. :-), you may have noticed that I changed the title. The content will remain the same, largely curation with a few posts that are more personal and original.
This last March, I went to CUE, of the CUE Boom presenters was Kyle Anderson. In his 3 minutes, he talked of branding, even as an educator. It wasn’t long, but it got stuck in my craw. I kept think ing how I didn’t have one, what that would mean for me, etc.
I don’t plan on getting rich off my brand. Not even close. It’s not even on my radar. What it did make me do is think about what I can offer to others. Oftentimes, I read a ton of things and try to share those things that inspire, or speak to me in some manner.
My coworkers would often get tired of my sharing, even if I wasn’t even using the idea in my class. And frankly, it never even bothered me that the idea was not used. I would have liked it sometimes, but it was not the goal.
Time and energy. When I encounter a new idea, I found that I needed to have time to implement and the energy to figure how I could make it work. If I didn’t have both, I just saved it to post to my Hot Links weekly-ish
post. Time and Energy are a valuable commodity for teachers.
So, I just started ending my emails with Use it or Don’t. It started as a joke, but as I thought about it in terms of branding, it sparked my creativity. Plus, with STICKEMANIA at CUE, I thought I should work on a sticker. Because why not?
So, I got 10 stickers and changed my Blog Title to reflect the idea. USE IT OR DON’T. I added the tagline something to learn, try or adapt. I think it works well with what I am trying to do on this blog and what I try to do in my class and what I try to teach my kids, and anyone who will listen.
It reminded me of this quote, often attributed to Bruce Lee.
Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
I hope you like it, but if you don’t, that’s okay too. 🙂
Use it or Don’t