I am very familiar with the concept of fear, believe me. I'm afraid of my own shadow at times. I'm afraid of getting lost in unfamiliar areas. I'm afraid of eating foods that may trigger an allergic reaction to something I didn't know I was allergic to. I'm afraid of disappointing those I care about. I'm afraid of letting people down. I'm afraid of losing the important things in my world. Sometimes, I'm even still afraid of merging on to the expressway.
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Post Secret, November 2014
I'm not afraid of teacher evaluations. Not any more. I know that I'm good at what I do. I'm constantly learning, striving to find new ways to inspire my students. I am not afraid to try new things in the classroom. I love telling my class "I just learned about this, and I'm not sure how it's going to go, but we're going to give it a try anyway!" I'm not afraid to take risks. Sometimes the most powerful learning experiences come from the back forty. I'm not afraid of feedback - that's often a catalyst for growth. I'm not afraid to ask for help. No one is an expert on everything, and while I might be fantastic in some areas, I will take all the help I can get in others. No shame in asking for help at all.
In the classroom, I'm not afraid to be different. Taking risks, thinking outside the box, trying new things, getting messy, being willing to fail?? All of those things bother me not one little bit in the classroom where 20 some pairs of eyes watch my every move. I know that I'm doing right by those pairs of eyes. I may make mistakes, and when I do, I admit it. To my students. I'm human. They usually like to know that.
We aren't fear-less. I don't think anyone on the planet is truly fear-less. You could say, in my classroom, I am quite fear-less. But I've learned that in the classroom, I can live with less fears if I keep my heart on the goal - helping my students prepare to become citizens in the world they create - and less on those who are trying their hardest to prevent me, and all the other educators, from doing our jobs.