Scared?

Scares you?

You know that feeling when you’re in your classroom, working with your kids, and it’s awesome?  It’s a bit messy (okay, totally messy) and the kids are busy learning.  It’s a Friday.  It’s been a great week. Some kids succeeded beyond your expectations.  The sun’s coming through the windows in just the right way, giving the room great lighting.  You grab your phone to snap a photo for your blog.  You look through the frame and realize how very much you love your job. It’s great, isn’t it?  It’s safe. It’s fun.  It’s predictable.

I’ve come to enjoy days like that.  I’ve been teaching ten years.  I like the safe little cocoon of my classroom.  Where I know my curriculum and my kids.  Where I can try new things, but feel safe that if I fail, nobody will even know. I can even blog about what works and even talk about risk-taking by sharing the successful parts.   I am safe from the disagreement of others and from stepping outside of my comfort zone.  I am in control of what to change and what not to change.  I like my cocoon. But, eventually I realize one thing… this cocoon? There’s no room for growth in here. I could stay in here forever, but I remember in elementary science what happens to the caterpillars that never, uh, leave the cocoon… (cue the dramatic music).

So, it’s time to go. No matter what’s out there.  No matter how much it makes me feel that sick-I’m-about-to-lose-my-breakfast feeling in the pit of my stomach.  No matter who disagrees. No matter how big the mountain.  No matter how cozy I am here in my cocoon. It’s time to embrace the fear.  Not just say it, or make posters about, but actually do it.

It’s going to be a great school year… (gulp) or something like that.

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Krissy Venosdale

Krissy Venosdale

Forever Learner. Collaborator. Sharpie Collector. Poster Maker. Eternal Optimist. I still wish on stars.

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4 Responses

  1. Deborah Mersino says:

    Excited for you Krissy! You inspire others so powerfully. This next chapter will undoubtedly bring you joy and flight!

  2. Mona says:

    You rock, Krissy! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for you! <3

  3. Julie Ramsay says:

    Krissy:

    This is such a good point..one that resonates with me. It’s so important for us as educators..leaders for our students…to step out of our comfort zone, stretch our wings, and try new things in spite of the fear. That’s how we grow as educators. Our students are going to follow our example. We need to be those “fearless” leaders.

    Thanks for the reminder!
    ~Julie
    http://juliedramsay.blogspot.com/

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