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I had the opportunity to sit in on a session with Will Richardson and a fantastic group of educators from south of the border.  There was a question that he asked the group that really stuck out with me:

“What’s one fear you’re going to have to overcome to lead your school forward?”

As I thought about the “traditional” list of fears that have popped up as we progress, they were not driving me at all.   I sat back and thought about what “fear” drives me.  Here they are:

  1. Fear of students learning “compliance” instead of just “learning”.
  2. Fear of students asking why they have no grade on their report card because they don’t know how they are doing.
  3. Fear a student asks “why are there no awards” because I have not taken the time to show them I value them every chance I get.
  4. Fear that we teach our students that rewards should drive their learning, not their passion.
  5. Fear that we prepare our students to be good at school, instead of being good at life.
  6. Fear of the world changing around our schools, while we stay the same.
  7. Fear that students will NOT ask powerful questions.
  8. Fear that students will not see themselves as artists.
  9. Fear that students will not have  the opportunity to create and collaborate.
  10. Fear that we are not giving students opportunities to lead within our school.
  11. Fear that we do not focus on the importance of connections and relationships.
  12. Fear that our students and staff are not having fun.

Those are some of the fears that drive me.  I am blessed that I have the opportunity to work with a community that puts my mind to rest 🙂

What fear drives you?

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