If you have not gotten a chance to read my blog about my #oneword for 2016, check out Enjoy the Moment.
I am in Austin, TX this week, catching the tail end of #TASA16 and for my fourth session with the Texas Principal’s Visioning Institute or #TXPVI. The folks from @N2Learning take great care of us and today we had lunch a top the Hilton Garden Inn on the 18th floor. Otherwise known as the “Best View in Austin”. (That could be a point to argue, but that is not what my moment is about.) As lunch was wrapping up, we headed back down to the mezzanine area to listen to a superintendent panel that started promptly at 12:30PM, because we know how busy superintendents are and we wanted to be respectful of their time. (seriously…they did an awesome job)
As the fifty or so principals started making their way to the elevator, I quickly realized, this was going to take a few minutes. One group got on and then another and then another, but I was still waiting in line. While I was waiting, I had an epiphany…I can take the stairs. I was on the 18th floor, needing to get to the 11th. It was not like I was descending 50 floors…just 7. As I searched for the stairs, one other principal came with me and we decided to take the stairs together.
Boom! Just like that, I had found my moment for the day. How often, in the world of education, do I take the stairs? Do I wait in line, sticking with the herd (in this case, taking the elevator) or do I take a risk and find another way to do it (taking the stairs)?
Often times risk taking needs company. It is hard to “take the stairs” all by yourself. I have never been one to shy away from doing things differently or venturing out on my own, but today, just my willingness to do it differently, encouraged someone else to do it differently with me. By having another person in the stair case with me, it provided affirmation that it was not a totally bad idea. I had someone supporting my risk.
Risk taking in education is easy to talk about and much harder to do. I could list a million and ten reasons why it would be easier to wait in line for the elevator, but listen…been there, done that. The whole essence of #TXPVI is about transformation and doing things differently. I will continue to embrace this ideology and seek out ways to improve, ways I can embrace risk taking, and surround myself with folks who will take risks with me, while maintaining the courage to take the first step when necessary.
Thank you for the #moment #TXPVI for reminding me to “take the stairs”.
What was your moment today?