• I want my district to use Google Apps for Education.
  • I want to make a Facebook page for my school and my library.
  • I want better websites for the school/library/district.
  • I want the filters to stop choking us to death.
  • I want more teachers to come to me for collaborative projects.
  • I want to be able to share what my students create online.
  • I want my students to share their learning experiences with the world.
  • I want my district to really understand the importance of having our students create positive digital footprints NOW.

Basically, I want everyone to think like I do. Or at least listen to me and understand. But I really just want them to think like me, because OBVIOUSLY I’m right.

This has been my basic thought process up until this past week. I spend a lot of time thinking about how I want to change the world (or my school and district) and how I can get what I want. Unrealistic, I know. I sometimes have inflated ideas of myself and what I’m capable of. I chalk that up to my upbringing, which I’m extremely thankful for. I have the best parents ever — they gave me the best opportunities and extremely high self-esteem. Anyone who spends a lot of time around me knows I’m pretty spoiled. I don’t think I was overly spoiled as a child, but as an adult I’m used to things working out in my favor. I think this is why I have the expectation that I can force things into working out the way I want them to. Over the last few days, I’ve come to the realization that I need to change this way of thinking.

Realization – the state of understanding or becoming aware of something (as defined by Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary)

Now I’m not saying that I’m about to stop plotting and pushing for change. That just isn’t going to happen. Instead, I need to focus the bulk of my thoughts and planning on ways that I can help my teachers and students. I need to focus a lot less on what I don’t have but desperately want. Instead, my focus needs to be on working with what I have to support my students and teachers the best way possible.

  • I will help my students and teachers find success with the tools we have available.
  • I will show my students and teachers ways they can use these tools to create and share.
  • I will find ways to incorporate digital citizenship and making a positive digital footprint into as many activities as possible.
  • I will share our accomplishments and successes with the administration to show what we can do.

Obviously, I can’t just forget about my “wants.” What I hope to do instead is to focus on what I can do — what I WILL do — and use that to support what we could do.

3 thoughts on “Realization

  1. Great post, Tiff. One advantage of sometimes “working with what you have” (if that means older technologies) can be that your expertise is more accessible to a wider range of teachers — and thus their students. If you can teach a more thoughtful way to use an existing tool, you’re adding value and building your support within your school community. But don’t stop pushing for change either! Students need TLs like you!

  2. Tiffany,
    Excellent post! Never doubt that you are making a difference in the district regardless of how slow it feels at times. Keep your passion for change.

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