It’s my new favorite saying.
All at once it’s British, it’s inviting, it’s positive. I think I’ll make it my new motto.
To often, I find myself stuck in the Land of Should. Should I try it? Should I just forget about it? But I find that if I just ‘have a go’ with a new idea, great things can happen. For example, last year, I had an idea about implementing a Worksheet-less week at my school. No one else had ever tried, and teachers were sure to balk at having to give up their precious
busywork teaching resources. One brave day, I made up a flyer, wrote a blog post, and #BOOM! it’s now an Event around the world: No Worksheet Week
What about the Toilet Tech I write several times a year? People downright laughed when I put up my first issue, but now they ask when the next one will be posted. I’m under the impression that I receive more ROI on that one sheet than I do for all the weekly Tech Tip/Trick emails I send out to all the staff. Certainly the website I maintain sees about an average of 1 visitor/day.
Personalized Professional Development is now a catch phrase. I seem to remember writing about that (to a huge spike in readership!) and presenting at a conference three years ago. You can’t be afraid to put yourself and your ideas out there. Someone is sure to agree.
What I would really love to do is attend the StartUp St. Louis Education Weekend next week. However, family responsibilities call, so I’ll add it to my bucket list. I have several ideas I’d like to put out there in the innovation-sphere, including one that’s still a merely an idea-seed, but could be something really different in education. Stay tuned – I’m sure this will be one of the first places I’ll publicize it!
The message here? Don’t be afraid to step out and try. I could add one of the million famous quotes about how great it is to be the innovator, but I’ll spare you, and instead just say, “Let’s just have a go!”