In November a few years ago, a colleague (Elise Abram) challenged the students at the school to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) wherein one commits to writing a certain number of words each day that would essentially yield writing a novel in a month. Ambitious. While I have no intentions of novel writing right now, I have decided, to ensure I am more reflective (and/or sharing more), to write a blog post every work day in November. Ambitious. I am calling it #NaBloWriMo.
I have had a lot of people tell me they admire my intent. They say they would not have time. I have two responses:
1) You make time for what you feel is important. I learned this when my middle son was in the hospital last December for a week. I never thought I could miss a week of school, or be away from my two other kids for a week...but I did...and it was fine. I found a way to make it work. (Willy is fine by the way.)
2) I know time is going to be an issue. New, full-time job with a learning curve so steep it is inverted. Three kids under 7. Active social life. Desire to make time for treadmill (easily solved by #TreadmillPD) Yep. All barriers, but I listened to the most recent EdSurge on Air podcast today sharing Jim Shelton's keynote at iNACOL conference and he said something that struck me: "[barriers present] problems to solve, not reasons for inaction". I love this. I don't want to throw my hand up in the air...I want to reflect and I am going to make it happen. I think it will make me a better educator.
Maybe you'll join me. Maybe your goal will be to blog once a week..maybe once this month. Maybe your goal will be different in nature but similar in commitment level. Make it you...but reflect on what you need and do it.