As I sat in a professional development class last week a new idea was brought to my attention that struck a chord with me. The idea is “the coalition of the willing.” Now, on further review there are some political ideas that might accompany that phrase, but this was not at all how the presenter explained it. We were embarking on how to be more blended in our approach with technology in the classroom. If you teach or deal with technology, sometimes the thought of really purposefully merging the two is quite daunting. Over and over the presenter said, we are not looking for perfection or to have everything figured out before you start, but rather a coalition of the willing.
Willing to try, willing to fail, willing to try again.
I am a person who loves learning and in learning there are always some failures. Most failures are great teachers. I like the idea of seeking out others on this journey that want to be in a coalition of the willing.
I can see many parts of my life where this is applicable:
- I have much to learn and much to teach about kids and parenting.
- I love to find new books to read and will talk to anyone about what they are reading even if it is a genre I don’t usually care for.
- I aspire to learn how to crochet better and hope a high school friend that lives far away can be a mentor.
I tell my first graders that one of the most important things they will ever do is become a life long learner. How can I espouse that, and not truly be following my own advice?
In my adulthood, I have wanted to learn new things in certain wheelhouses or in my comfort zone. I now seek others that can teach me, guide me, learn from me, and fail with me so we can strive for new learning and new adventures.
May this fall be filled with adventures, learning, teaching, mentoring and fun with others that seek the coalition of the wiling.