Sunday, October 07, 2007

Sharing uncertainty

Miguel says it all: Share More!

He says:
Our gurus should be those who are unafraid to share their most vulnerable moments, those moments when they are learning that show they do not know what they are doing but are trying to learn.
While Miguel is primarily speaking to educators, his advice is good for everyone. When we have to pretend to be perfect, when we are afraid to show that we don't have all the answers, we do a disservice to ourselves and to everyone around us.

It's hard, though.

I find it easier, for instance, to talk about my uncertainties here on my blog than I do with my coworkers. But when we do it, the results are usually amazing. I had a situation just last week where I was looking for a way to approach a topic in class. What I had done hadn't worked, and I needed help. I was looking in the resource room for something to use when a fellow teacher asked me what I was looking for. I told her. She didn't have any great ideas, but another teacher in the room told me to look in a particular book, that it addressed the topic very effectively. I took his advice, and the lesson was very successful.

Why are we so afraid? Why do we feel this need to be perfect?

I constantly tell my students that if they wait until they can do it perfectly, they will never learn to speak English. And yet I find myself not wanting to share my vulnerabilities with my colleagues.

I think I am getting better about this. Blogging has helped me a lot. Reading blogs has helped me a lot. I hope I can make more progress as I go along.


Anonymous said...

It was worth the trip.
I went from Victoria to Derby then to Broome then Perth along the Nulabore Plane and back home.

teachagiftedkid said...

Just this week, my students and I did an exercise that involved guessing before knowing the right direction to use to solve the problem.

After the activity was over. we discussed how much more we learned from our mistake than we would have learned by doing it absolutely correct the first time.

With the tendency of perfectionism running in gifted children, this lesson will need to be repeated over and over again......