Cross-posted from Mr. Mehrotra’s Blog
I didn’t know where to start with this venture, but I’ve realized that whenever I get stuck on these ideas, I go to my source of inspiration and great ideas: my daughter. By asking her some quick questions about what she likes and doesn’t like about school, she gave me a great idea for my Talk that focused on teachers not being another brick in the wall that gets in the way of our students. My daughter never ceases to amaze me with the ideas that she has, and she always reminds me of one of the Belief Statements we have in Peel’s Empowering Modern Learners vision document: “We believe each learner is curious, competent able to take an active role in their learning.”
So I encourage any of you who are reading this to continue taking risks, overcoming fears and taking the time to reflect on them and realizing how they can help you grow. While I still feel like I was out of my league presenting with those amazing educators, I know that the only way to make it to the “big leagues” is to step up to the plate rather than spending my time riding the pine and thinking about what it might be like. For those who are interested, you can listen to all the Ignite Talks from that night by clicking here to access the voicEd.ca stream. Thanks to Stephen Hurley for broadcasting the night.