Give it a chance

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We’re in an edtech world that’s inundated with services, tools, and ideas. I quit trying to keep up with it all a long time ago. I can’t be in “the know” about everything that’s out there nor do I want to try to. Luckily I am connected to loads of brilliant people willing to share and give their opinion about what works and what doesn’t.

As we start this school year and begin to learn about this new tool or that new tool; this new feature or that new feature in something we already use, teachers need time to give these things a chance. I don’t mean you have to be using 6 different things at once. That’s not helpful to you or to your students. Let’s let folks try things out, fail or succeed, and form their own opinion(s). Isn’t this the same kind of exploratory learners we want our students to become?

I understand everyone is not always going to agree about what works best for students. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, lately, I’ve noticed folks get pretty charged up when someone is excited about something and they happen to not share the same opinion. Again, that’s fine, but don’t squash others’ excitement and let them give it a chance. We wouldn’t do that to our students. What works for one person might not for another, and that is ok.

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