Friday, July 25, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 206

We must take positive risks.  Otherwise, how can we separate great ideas from ones that are not yet great? #QuoteADay #Day206 #edchat #ASCDL2L

Yesterday I had an opportunity to lead an IGNITE session.  I've done IGNITEs for much smaller groups; this was the first time I was doing one for a few hundred people.  It was nerve-wracking to say the least, but a great experience, and quite a bit of fun.  If you've never done an IGNITE, I strongly recommend trying it out.  Students can create them to share ideas (think "revamping the book report") and teachers/leaders can use them to provide recaps and updates of "goings-on" (flipped faculty meeting, anyone?).  These are just a few quick ideas. . .

We need to take positive risks in life.  If we turn down too many risks, then we're turning down the opportunity to truly learn.

When faced with an opportunity to take a positive risk, we should always consider the potential learning that can come from it.  What can I gain?  What can those I serve gain?

We should consider these questions before we consider the one that often seems to come first: What can I stand to lose?

Taking positive risks, regardless of the outcome lets us determine whether "great" ideas are in fact, truly great.  This is important, because without that data, we would never be able to truly serve our communities in the best possible way.

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