Chapter 2: Common Concerns about Student-Led
Surround yourself with positive, supportive people. They don't have to teach the same grade or subject as you, they don't have to have the same interests, or same philosophy, but if they are good listeners, and support your efforts, then that's all you need! Let's all take a moment to appreciate our amazing work-friends who just get it!
If you can't find them at school, find them online via Twitter! There's a huge network of keen and motivated teachers who chat weekly, daily even, who share resources, and help each other. You are no longer confined to who you can find in your school walls.
My favorite university professor is the one who introduced me to the first quote on the left. There will always be excuses. There's no shortage of excuses. But instead of looking for excuses, let's find answers, and solutions, and start taking risks!
That's something I want to see in my students too. I want them to be creative, thoughtful, risk-takers, that aim big instead of living in complacency. And with such big goals for my kids, I have my work set out for me: I have to lead by example.
And no, it won't be easy. It's going to be a messy process, and I won't get it right the first time, and that's okay. So long as I don't give up. In any case, what's so bad about working hard at something?
Time for a life story/running analogy: a few years ago, I took a big risk. I signed up for my first marathon. In a few months, I'd transformed myself from couch potato to avid runner. All of a sudden, one September morning, I was at the start line of the Montreal marathon. It was scary. I was terrified. (No really, I was crying in the metro on the way there. Words can't describe.)
Learn from my mistakes
So that inspirational running story was my PSA for risk-taking. Now, for the flip side: sometimes I take risks that completely flop. To put it this way, I once impulsively decided to give myself bangs. The next few weeks were spent growing out that disaster.
Risk doesn't always work out. That's why it's a risk, right? Even if things flop, it's still not a loss, so long as you learn from your mistakes (and rest assured, I never had bangs again).
I created a visual, below, to act as a reminder of what this type of thinking sounds like.
Haters gonna hate hate hate, shake it off.
My name is
and I am a
French teacher in Montreal.
I am passionate about teaching, and
I love to learn and grow!
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