Get out of your Comfort Zone.




Be Careful... Amazing change lies ahead!

As teachers we get stuck into our own ways. We stick to the same routines and traditions that we are used to. We figure out what works and we do it because it's what fits us best. I think it's time that we get away from our comfort zone and start doing something new and exciting.Shake things and up! I think that it's time that we all take a look at ourselves and take a few risks.

I knew from a very young age that I was going to be a teacher and the competitive spirit inside me always made me want to be the best teacher in the school where I would be. Then, when I first got into the teaching profession, my goal was to educate my students, so that they would enjoy my class the way that I did when I was a student. I want to find a team that I would coach since sports have always been a major part of my life. Most importantly I wanted to have fun while doing it all. Now, my view of the future is completely different.

Over the past 10 years in this amazing profession my view of my job has changed. Lately I have been trying to do new things to really help make a difference in the lives of my students and to help my colleagues to grow to become the best educators they can be. I have taken steps to become a leader in my school, I have become a technology coach where I have the ability to work with my colleagues and discuss ideas with them about how to incorporate different technology into their lessons. I have taken responsibility in some of the different roles being offered to teacher leaders and it is something that I am embracing and getting excited about.

While some of these thing will be scary, I am trying to get out of my comfort zone, while I am preparing myself for a career as an Educational Leader in some way. Over the next few weeks and months, I am going to be taking some chances on myself. I am going to be doing some things that I have never done before and I am very excited for the things that I am attempting.

  • I am presenting at four different educational conferences!

  • Become part of the #EdCampLdr (NJ) Planning committee.

  • Creating and Moderating new Twitter chats.

  • Taking more of a leadership role within my school.

  • Enrolling in an Educational Leadership Masters Program.

  • Experimenting with new lessons and new techniques with my students.

If you're still reading this, Thank You! I believe that reflection is the key to growth, so I want you all to sit back and think. Think about why you become an educator. What do you do one a daily basis and how can you do more to take risks? What are some of the things that you are doing to get out of your comfort zone? How scared are you to try something new? Now.. Get out there and try something new. This isn't a pool, don't just put one foot in to test the water, jump in with both feet!

2 comments:

  1. Hi AJ! I follow you on Twitter and decided to take a peek at your blog today and I am glad I did! I am a former social studies teacher pursing my Ed Specialist degree in K-12 Leadership. It's challenging! PLUS I miss teaching! Good for you on getting out of your comfort zone. I love the image you used for this post! I recently started a blog myself to help reflect on my professional learning.

    Also, I am traveling to Europe next month and will be tweeting along the way as I travel to some really cool historical sites, I would love for you and your class to follow along May9-15 #etctravels

    See you in the twitterverse! Keep up the great work on the blog!

    Cat

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  2. AJ, this is one of my favorite visuals. I love it because it clearly illustrates how difficult it can be for so many of us to step outside of our safe little spaces -- AND -- I love this particular illustration because it reminds me a little of our solar system, because whenever we think we've fully discovered the space around us, there is much more out there and infinite ways for us to grow! :)

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