Tell a Story

This post is part of the #EdublogsClub – a group of educators and edtech enthusiasts that blog around a common theme each week.  

Prompt: Write a post that tells a story. 

Tell a story about a time in your career as an educator that you want to share. It can be a positive memory, a time you wish you could change the outcome, a student you remember, or just a class lesson you want to share.

Once upon a time, there was a superintendent that loved learning.  She loved it so much that sometimes she overextended herself on both a personal and a professional level in order to provide learning opportunities for kids, teachers and herself.  She found herself at a time where she couldn’t possibly meet all of the obligations and expectations she had committed to.  She looked at her list and was able to delegate a few items.  There were even a few items she could push off a week, a month or indefinitely although she was sad about missing out on those opportunities.  Some of the obligations had an impact on others and those were must dos.  Some were just to good to pass up.

So what was the result?  This superintendent was stressed out at home and at work and she missed posting her blog for 2 weeks.  However, she learned and grew both from meeting the commitments and from learning that if she doesn’t say no, or not now, to some opportunities, she will be too stressed to enjoy the others.

Moral of the story – figure out what is most important, do those things, breathe.  Do I think she will overextend herself again?  You betcha, but hopefully not as often or as much.

 

A couple of ideas to help you determine what is most important:

Tiffany Dufu, in her 2017 book, Drop The Ball, shares an exercise where she asked her friends and colleagues to share a time when they remember her being her best self.  It helped her determine what she does best and what is most important to her.  Book is worth reading and although I haven’t tried this exercise, it is intriguing.

An exercise below from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People that can also help.  “In your mind’s eye, see yourself going to the funeral of a loved one. Picture yourself driving to the funeral parlor or chapel, parking the car, and getting out. As you walk inside the building, you notice the flowers, the soft organ music. You see the faces of friends and family you pass along the way. You feel the shared sorrow of losing, the joy of having known, that radiates from the hearts of the people there.

As you walk down to the front of the room and look inside the casket, you suddenly come face to face with yourself. This is your funeral, three years from today. All these people have come to honor you, to express feelings of love and appreciation for your life.

As you take a seat and wait for the services to begin, you look at the program in your hand. There are to be four speakers. The first is from your family… The second speaker is one of your friends… The third speaker is from your work or profession. And the fourth is from your church or some community organization where you’ve been involved in service.

Now think deeply. What would you like each of these speakers to say about you and your life? What kind of husband, wife, father, or mother would you like their words to reflect? What kind of son or daughter or cousin? What kind of friend? What kind of working associate?

What character would you like them to have seen in you? What contributions, what achievements would you want them to remember? Look carefully at the people around you. What difference would you like to have made in their lives?”

 

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