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Believe in Yourself


The pic may be hard to read but it says:

“Believe in yourself and you can do it believe in yourself.”

This is taped on the bedroom door of my eight year old daughter.  I think that these are words to live by.

Why?  Well – if you don’t believe in yourself you may not take any risks.  If you don’t take any risks, then you really haven’t done anything new.  If you haven’t done anything new, then you are doing the same old thing.  If you are doing the same old thing, then how are you preparing students for a future yet to be defined?

It’s also important for us teacher types to remember that we may be the person that sparks this self belief.  The “my teacher thought I could so I did” mantra…You have to believe in your students and colleagues and build them up.  Encourage both your students and peers to try incredible, crazy ideas.  Be a sounding board when they run into the proverbial wall.  Offer support when the the cool idea doesn’t work out the first time (remember – failure is ok).

As we all experience those failures – the belief that we have in ourselves is so vital.  Do we just give up and quit?  Do we make some tweaks and try again?  Do we learn from the experience and grow as an educator or learner?

What are you teaching your students?  Are you helping them believe in themselves?  Are you helping your fellow educators believe in themselves?  Are you a role model for believing in yourself?

You are brilliant people – share your brilliance with those you teach and work with.  Make the most of everyday and never, ever quit believing in yourself!

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About Scott

My name is Scott. After 18.5 years as a high school math teacher in public education I have made the move to become a full time PhD student. This decisions was difficult, but has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. Teaching in high school was an incredible experience for me, so leaving an environment that I loved for the unknown was a challenge. As I high school teacher, I taught almost every math course that could be offered. I was able to earn National Board Certification in Young Adult Math. I was honored as my building Teacher of the Year, no mean feat at Edmond Memorial High School!! My career changed as I became fascinated with educational technology and all of the things that it can do for teachers. I flipped my class. I used iPads and blogging (in high school math!!). I started using gamification and mastery learning. I changed my practice. I chose to go back to school to learn as much as I could. To bring that knowledge from academia and research to the teacher on the front line. I have had the opportunity to present at several conferences and share what I have learned with others. Its through these connections that we can be the best teachers we can for our students. They deserve it and we sell ourselves short when we don't give it. I love talking with teachers about change. About incorporating educational technology. About the power that they have to change lives. My blog space is me, it shares my passions and frustrations, my joys and my learnings. If you are interested in what I am studying, please visit my graduate school pages. If you are interested in the flipped classroom, I have some links to get your started. I would love to meet you! Do not hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with your staff or trade ideas with your teachers - let me know! Have a great day! #BeBrilliant

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One thought on “Believe in Yourself

  1. There is only one reason you can’t do something – you CHOOSE not to try! Will we always complete our efforts? Of course not – if we are accepting risk being involved… But we can learn from the failures that will happen – as you so correctly point out!!! Love your ‘if-then’ sequence!!!

    The other message is that we educators must encourage this as early as possible AND often. And we need to facilitate the effective learning skills development!

    Why??? Because it is a fact that we cannot know what each student will face in their lifetimes! They must be comfortable with effective self-learning, taking risks, and dealing with failure – all will be absolutely needed!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by jcbjr9455 | November 8, 2015, 11:11 pm

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