Taking risks means different things to different people. Sometimes they work out and sometimes they don't. This sort of culture only exists where support structures are in place and autonomy is front and center. Every day we should be asking ourselves this very important question: What risk did I take today? An #EduRisk could be something as simple as utilizing Google Docs in class so that students can collaborate on a project. Or changing the seating arrangements from rows to pods to promote more discussion. School and district leaders can take a risk by letting their staff and students know that failure is perfectly acceptable and that risk-taking is encouraged. The bottom line is that they only way we grow is by starting somewhere and then move forward. One of the hardest things to do is putting yourself out there and trying something new. It's incredibly uncomfortable and could potentially open you up to criticism. You know what? That's perfectly fine. Because at the end of the day you deserve better and more importantly our students deserve better.
Here are eight examples of #EduRisks worth taking to promote the success of students and grow as an educator...
The time is now to take an #EduRisk and create learning experiences that are memorable and meaningful. It's a team effort and will pay off in the long run. The whole point is to create an environment that students will remember for a lifetime and twenty years down the road can look back and speak fondly of their time in school.
Brad Currie is the author of All Hands on Deck: Tools for Connecting Educators, Parents, and Communities and the newly released Personalized PD: Flipping Your Professional Development. He is one of the founding partners of Evolving Educators LLC. Brad is a 2014 ASCD Emerging Leader and Google Certified Trainer. Brad currently serves as a K-8 Supervisor of Instruction and Dean of Students for the Chester School District in Chester, NJ. He is a Google Certified Trainer and speaks nationally about tech integration. Learn more about Brad by following him on Twitter @bradmcurrie or visiting his website at www.bradcurrie.net.