Wednesday, May 26, 2010

just trying it out to see what happens.

So much of starting a new school is just making shots in the dark and hoping your good intentions will guide them. Cultivating an attitude of adventure/curiosity ("let's just try it out and see what happens") often followed by a disclaimer ("if it doesn't work out, we won't do it anymore") has become a big part of my personal journey as director and teacher. It's the friendliest way I have found to deal with the fact that so much of what I do is completely new to me, and often out of my field of experience. Ranging from simple things like making new recipes that I've never tried with the children, to the more complicated world of handling situations with a child or parents, or the often mystifying world of school finance and accounting.

When I stumble on quotes, blog posts, songs, books, mug quotes, that celebrate the process over the final product/ simply trying as succeeding, I find it really encouraging.

"Enthusiasm, a sense of fun, and high energy are more engaging than skill. William Blake observed, “Exuberance is beauty.” from Martha Writes

"Trying is the same as succeeding." from Molly O'Shaughnessy

"I remind myself of the important lesson for any creative pursuit, “No one cares about my mistakes. What’s important is to do what I want to do.” from The Happiness Project

"Do one thing every day that scares you" Eleanor Roosevelt- from the mug that Sayenne gave me


Anonymous said...

And my personal favorite (which helped me get my previous business up and running successfully):


Anonymous said...

Great post. I'm going back into the classroom after a 5-year hiatus (I've been home with my two children in that time) and am so happy there seems to be a decent M. community online now. I really appreciate the positivity of this blog, and you have great ideas. This will be my first year with my own classroom, and while I'm excited, I also feel very green and a bit nervous!

It looks like you trained with Ginni - I had her for part of my training, the year before she took over as head of training at MINW. We all loved her...

Thanks, and I'll be continuing to read!

- Jenny

Mommy Moment said...

You did a great job with your blog! I'm glad the tutorial helped!

I would love to get your blog by e-mail. If you ever put the e-mail subscription (through FeedBurner) I would be the first to subscribe.