assumptions, being a teacher, ideas, promises

It’s Not You, It’s Me – Or Why My Great Idea and Your Great Idea Shouldn’t Date

We’ve all been there, bouncing around at your school or home because you just discovered something absolutely, truly, fantastically wonderful that you just cannot wait to try in your teaching.  It is a marvelous feeling this one, one that makes you want to sing from the rooftops and share the idea with everyone you meet.  And then you do and the person who you indulge it with looks at you blankly.  Silence.  Deflated, you walk away, thinking to yourself that maybe that idea was not so great after all.

But wait it’s not them, it’s you.  Or me in this case.  I am one of those can’t wait to try it and then tell everyone about (mostly on this blog) idea kind of people.  I get so overly excited about something that I am practically bursting at the seams with my newfound wisdom and my poor husband is forced to listen to hours upon hours of blissful teacher talk.  I rave, I rant, I share and then I don’t understand why others don’t see the magic or get as excited to try it as I did.  Take Twitter for example, I don’t think I have convinced a single person to get on it, and yet it is one of the most life-altering educational experiences I have ever had.  But it’s not the “them” that are to fault, it is me.

We all love great ideas.  We all have them and we all share them.  Some great ideas work especially well for us and others just really don’t.  As I grow as an educator, I am beginning to understand more which type of ideas I am really drawn to; student-centered, technology integration, and no grade/homeworks/rewards etc. are things that just rock my world.  Others not so much.  So when other people come up to me and share their great idea, I might be the one with that blank stare that does not show any kind of enthusiasm.  Because to me it just doesn’t sound that exciting, or it goes against something I think I believe in, or I just don’t have the time.

And that’s when I realize, hey it is okay for others NOT to get excited over my great idea.

After all, being a teacher means you get to work with an incredible array of personalities that have one thing in common; they really love kids.  So whichever way, or whichever ideas we use, to get us to change the world one kid at a time, is alright by me.   However, I will promise myself that the next time someone presents their great idea to me, even if it seems a little strange, I will give it a good listen, perhaps even try it, and then decide.  After all, I can only change myself.

5 thoughts on “It’s Not You, It’s Me – Or Why My Great Idea and Your Great Idea Shouldn’t Date”

  1. This is such a timely post for me. I am learning so much right now, and I've been walking the fine line of sharing like a maniac. This is just the reminder I need that what I think is amazing and try out in my classroom just isn't "it" for everybody. As long as we can all share ideas and discuss the pros and cons respectfully it is a great opportunity to learn. Some of the best lessons learned have been the ones that taught me what I DON'T want to do in my classroom after I've seen it done in other places.

  2. Loved this post! I think all of us can relate to the feeling of sharing an amazing idea and getting the blank stares. Rest assured that there are other Grade 4 techies out there that think your ideas are "really great" and enjoy reading your blog. Thank you so much for sharing and for reminding me that it is important to not only hear out, but also try the "Great ideas" of others.Corre – Grade 4 teacher in Alberta, Canada

  3. I LOLed at this post. I so identified with it, especially the twitter part. What I really enjoyed, however, was the self-reflection you took. It was cause for me to remember when I begrudgingly listened to someone else's idea, reluctantly tried it out and was so pleasantly surprised at the results.Thank you for sharing.Kathy Redford

  4. Thank you for all comments! This was just such reminder to myself to open myself up more to others, particularly since I would love to share some of my own ideas. After Iexperienced how powerful having a PLN really is, I cant help but wish to build one with people in the flesh. And Julie, yes, that has happened to us all but think of where we then have turned to to share with others and what we have learned from the experience. Never give up my friend. And I per sally like to be viewed as crazy, makes life interesting, ha.

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