Pete Reilly inspired me with this entry, especially this point:
If we are to transform education, we must shift our own beliefs about what is possible for our children, our teachers, and our schools. If we wait to see it before we believe it, we’ll just be in the way. When we dream about the possibilities, regardless of knowing how they will ever be implemented, when we believe in those possibilities so strongly that others are inspired to believe too, then we will be on the road to meaningful educational change.
Because you believe something strongly does not guarantee that you will succeed; but it is a prerequisite for success. I believe if we do our jobs well, we will inspire those around us to embrace the new technologies and the new pedagogies that will come with them. When you believe it, you will see it!
It reminds of how important it is to be the change you want to see in the world. I often find myself struggling. Sometimes, I am that change, but often, I’m not. What is that it that keeps me from taking flight, from being that inspiration to others that I want to be? Then, it hits me…I just need to be me, to be the model of using new technologies to communicate and collaborate more. It’s a realization that I have to cozy up to on a daily basis, a conscious decision that doesn’t flow from a wellspring of power inside. Instead, it is a conscious decision to believe in a reality so strongly that it becomes real.
This kind of visioning takes a lot of energy. Is it even the right way to approach things? I’ve always thought that the touchy-feely approach was the best, where action flows from a spring inside you, where you are in harmony with everything around you. Yet, dreaming about the possibilities, knowing that they will never be implemented without the strict controls–imagine web 2.0 with strict content filtering–is tough work.
Is that work worth it?
It is at that question that I remember the excitement in a child’s face, their enthusiasm to do whatever it takes to stay connected and engage others in conversation. While it’s hard to trust the invisible, to have faith in the transparent, it’s the children.