I am a person who typically wants to do everything. Read all of the books, attend all the trainings, and try all of the new tools – do it all! As a result, I frequently find myself overwhelmed trying to do all of these things at a high level. It’s just not realistic. You can even see from my first blog post, I had difficulty limiting my goals for the year. I was able to narrow it down to five new things I plan to incorporate, but even that may be stretching myself thin.
It was this quote that really reminded me why less is more:
“In all aspects of education, what we learn is not as important as what we create from what we learn.” -George Couros
I can read all of the education books in the world and take every course offered. But if I’m not going to do something with what I learned, then what is the purpose? I need to make a point to only take on new learning opportunities if I am willing and able to make the time to create something from them. I need to give myself permission to say no to some opportunities if I know the plate is already full. It’s ok to choose just a few new ideas and really dive deep, instead of barely skimming the surface of many. This will be better for me, and as a result better for my students.