I felt my heart beating faster than normal. Ok, it was pounding. My palms were sweaty. I was minutes away from leading a discussion of thousands of people. Me! It was a risk, but one I wanted to take. But what if I messed up? Looked stupid? At least they wouldn’t be able to see me. In fact, I happened to be in my pajamas.
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Risk. It’s been said you can’t grow without it. We think it’s true. We’ve both taken small risky steps over the past few years that have pushed us out of our comfort zones. The above story is about one of us leading a Twitter chat for educators around the world. What a thrill! But a thrill that was only possible with a certain amount of risk.
We’ve risked other things, taken other steps. Putting our writing out for the world to read through blogging. (Slicing, is in fact, risky.) Stepping out into the global community through Twitter and other means. Both of us have taken on new positions in our schools.
There’s risk in all these things.
But look at the rewards risk can bring. New friends and support systems. New ideas. Opportunities to connect in a bigger way.
A troubled student found his way by risking in our school play recently. The struggling little boy stood in the front row and belted out song after song. It was so unlike him, but he was determined to do it right. And at the end, he cried after a very special teacher whispered to him, you did a great job. He knew it was true. He risked and he grew.
What have you risked lately in the name of growth? What have you asked your students to risk?
We’d love to hear.
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Darla & Jen