This summer I had an opportunity to attend a leadership training called the Leadership Blueprint. At the end of the training we were instructed to email a survey to 6 people who work with us professionally. The survey was about 300 adjectives & the person taking it simply clicked all the parts that applied to me. After everyone completed the survey, the company that did our training had a coaching call with all of us...and I had mine last week.
I'm going to focus this post on my constraints, because they have been weighing on my mind. My constraints are:
The thing is, I don't necessarily see myself as an extremely confident person. When it comes to using technology I am confident...I feel like I just get that, and I love learning about it. But there are many other areas of my teaching I am much less confident in.
This is not the first time I've had someone say that I am confident in myself, but this is the first time I've heard it on the cusp of having gotten some negative feedback about my teaching, and for some reason it really bothers me.
Total side note...be very cautious about feedback you give people because it can take a LONG time for negative feedback to go away. Especially when you're dealing with someone who puts their heart & soul into their work...words hurt. Ok, off my soapbox now.
Lately, whether I've asked for it or not, I've been in the public eye a bit. I wrote a chapter that is going to be published in an upcoming book, and I was just interviewed by Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine. Not to mention I have various teachers around my district who are interested in coming and observing my flipped classroom. Don't get me wrong, I could talk flipclass all day long and love every second of it, but all of these things are making me seem like an "expert" on elementary flipped classrooms, and that makes me really uncomfortable.
To be clear, I'm NOT an expert. I'm someone who's in the trenches, trying it out, and constantly changing/tweaking what I do because I'm still not entirely happy with what I'm doing. To be completely honest, sometimes I don't feel like I don't know what I'm doing at all!
I don't know that I really have a point to all this, I guess I just feel the need to get that off my chest. So there you have it, my dirty little secret has been exposed to the world...For some reason I don't think I'm alone in this.