Students might publish stuff with a lot of errors.
Students might not want to do stuff with a class from another place.
Students might not collaborate letting one person do all of the stuff.
Students might say/do stuff that is inappropriate.
Unfortunately, we get in the way of what we want and the worry of “what if” and “might” paralyzes progress. Educators worry. I worried. I felt my reputation as a teacher was a reflection of my students’ work and contribution. And, there it is, “…a reflection of my students’ work and contribution.” There is a lot to teach and there is a lot expected of teachers. There is even more teachers expect of themselves. I have witnessed educators design for amazing, and I have witnessed students create amazing because of their brave teacher. And then, I have seen that light dimmed by a critical condescending eye. This is not another post paying homage to failure’s role in the learning process. Almost all of us fell off of our bike when we first started riding without training wheels. In fact, that fall was expected. This is not another post trying to create a connection between bike riding and education. Simply, this is a profound proclamation: stuff happens.
Good or bad.
Because of us or in spite of us.
With us or without us.
Simply, this is the stuff I want to happen…
I hope students have experiences that allow them to articulate…because of (x), I published (y) learned from (z), a school, a community, a global connection, worked w/ (a) to accomplish (b) & since my (t) inspired and supported, the world, the community benefited from my sharing.