“I know what I know. That’s all I know. I don’t want to know anything else,” is a mindset at which one arrives in one’s career at some point. Or some people do. I know I did. Took awhile, but I got there through a lot of hard work and closing of doors, windows, and any other entrances that would have challenged me to grow and learn. I had a pile of excuses, starting with the moldy chestnut of ‘not enough time.’
Then, because I got a new job that included the word ‘innovation’ in the title, I used Google to find out what that word meant in the context of education.
I found George Couros. And his thinking, words, challenges, and ideas found me. The doors, windows, and entrances were blown wide open. And the learning and growth poured in. And continue to do so to this day.
Last week, we hosted George Couros at our first professional learning day of the year. He spoke with and worked with over 200 of our amazing educators. It is very safe to say that he did the same thing with the educators. Want proof? Check out the hashtag #togetherweRfife on Twitter. He told everybody, “Go out and make a video about your learning today. One rule, I won’t help you. Figure it out for yourself.” Then he invited me to watch what was happening. Teachers sought out other teachers, worked solo, but ALL got busy. The results, the videos, were amazing!
So thank you George, thank you Fife educators for a simply wonderful day of learning!
I don’t know what I don’t know. I know that. And I can’t wait to know more.