Teachers seem to be bad at asking for help, but I'm not actually sure if this is specific to our profession. This is the only career I have ever had, although I worked other odd jobs in offices and libraries and factories. (I wrote about the latter in Flipped Learning Today.) On social media I see three types of teachers requesting assistance*:
- THE OBSCURE PROCRASTINATOR: "I have an observation tomorrow and I need an exciting lesson plan about 15th-century Armenian stained glass. Please send me anything you have!"
- THE VACUUM CLEANER: "We have 4 weeks left in the grading term and I'm all out of ideas. Can someone send me their entire unit including differentiated modifications and assessment rubrics?"
- just kidding there isn't really a 3rd type, because everyone else is hiding in their silo
I agreed to organize FlipTech New England for several reasons -- basically because I believe in the benefits of face-to-face learning experiences. However, conference planning is hard...especially when you have never done this before. Last weekend I reached out to another educator / event planner to bounce some ideas and verify whether I was on the right track. That was 10 days ago, and still that conversation is keeping me going.
I guess there is a valuable lesson here somewhere but this blog doesn't have all the answers, dontcha know?
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