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Taking the leap . . .

I have recently been following The Principal of Change, a great blog by George Couros, and came across a wonderful article today about the importance of tweeting.  Here is a quote from the post that really resonated with me:

“You may not have many followers and you may not be blogging or creating the next BIG IDEA, but what you share still matters.  You never know the impact you can have by sharing a link or a blog post.  Simply retweeting good information can help anyone, including someone like myself who has almost 40,000 tweets to his credit, continue to learn and grow.”

George has pushed my thinking on a number of issues related to education and leadership, but this gentle invitation/nudge to take the next step and risk putting myself out there was just what I needed.  This summer, I have reinvigorated my PLN, dusted off my twitter account after several years of inactivity, and dove back into Diigo.  I have even begun exploring some new (OK, new to me at least) curation tools such as Scoop.It.  And, I’ve launched this new blog.  Yet when push comes to shove, it has proven surprisingly difficult to hit the share button.  It seems my inner critic is alive and well and asks, “Who in God’s name wants to read THAT?”  or “I seriously do not think you have generated any new idea here, so why bother?”  George reminds me that no learning can happen without some healthy risk-taking.  And my hesitancy reminds me just how frightening it can be for my students to take risks in their learning environment.  I guess it is time to think about how I can give them the same gift George gave me and gently invite/nudge them to take the leap!

How do you create a safe risk-taking environment for your students?  What makes it safe for you to take the leap in front of you?

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