I start school on Wednesday; many of us have already started. This to be my best year of teaching; I have no doubt about that. If you want to have your best year of teaching, here is my advice:
Fail. Fail big. Fail often.
If you want to be an innovative educator, you have to be willing to fail. Success comes with growing pains. If you don’t push yourself to break free of your shell, you will never overcome the lizard brain. You will never become great.
To become the best teacher you can be, you must be willing to try and fail. Failure IS an option. The key is that you learn from your failures and you move forward.
What is the worst thing that could happen?
So, let the fear in. Embrace it. Let it wash over you. Visualize your worst possible failure as an educator. Imagine how it will feel, smell, taste, sound. Then crush it like an empty aluminum can.