I just read a blog post by Pernille Ripp which was a follow up to a previous post. (She's one of the only bloggers I read lately due to the rapidly diminishing number of summer days that remain and my increasingly anxious desire to not "waste" the hours on anything that isn't highly beneficial.) She has taken the time to embed several videos which she feels will be inspirational for the start of the year and IMHO they are awesome. "Brave" is just one of the videos she shared, and it is absolutely the perfect video for me to share with my LA class, because with some guidance and discussion afterwards, it is EXACTLY one of the messages I'd like to share with them. It speaks volumes about how I want our class community members to act. If they don't understand something, I want them to be brave enough to speak up. If they see something happening that doesn't contribute to the climate we want in our school, I want them to be brave enough to do something about it. If they have a secret hidden talent, or even one that many people know about, I want them to be brave enough to use it. I'm embarrassed to admit however, that my first thought, when I watched the Brave video was that I didn't want to share it because then there would be a chance that students would walk into my class and groan, "We've already seen this." I had to give myself a BIG talking to! When did I get that sucky attitude?!? What does it matter if my colleagues show it to the same class I teach? Wouldn't that just reinforce that it's something all of us want for our students, and wouldn't that help drive home how important it is to be brave? What if Pernille Ripp had my same horrible thoughts - "I'm not going to share because..." then I wouldn't even know about the video at all and I'd still be searching for how to start my class! I'm going to continue the ripple effect and consciously make it one of my professional goals to continue to share the gems that I get so excited about finding. (I usually DO share things - I just had this crazy impulse of feverish knowledge hoarding desire when I watched the Brave video). I'm going to try hard NEVER to act like one of those gold rush prospectors who found a nugget and then worked hard not to let anyone else know where the gold was.
It's what you DO with technology that makes it wonderful or lame.