The more reading I have been doing about technology integration and information literacy, the more I am realizing that we need to start redefining what we mean by “teaching”. That sounds simple and obvious, but hopefully, it also sound necessary.
Most of us have an idea in our heads about what it means when someone says to us “I am a teacher”. We instantly picture (more than likely) our own teachers from years ago. But is that the teacher of today?
What if someone said to you, “I like to go mountain biking”. What comes to mind. Take a look at this amazing video and see if that is what you pictured:
Danny MacAskill is redefining mountain biking. Of course there are elements of what most of us know about mountain biking but he certainly challenges the perception of what can and can not be done on a bicycle (and I love the way he deals with fences in his way too!).
How can we be more like Danny as teachers? How can we challenge the boundaries of teaching? How can we find new ways to approach (and conquer) the ‘fences’ in our jobs?
I would hazard to guess that we can do much the same as Danny more than likely did:
1. Set audacious goals for ourselves.
2. Enlist the support of those who believe in our ideas.
3. Try, Try, Try.
Danny didn’t wait for some politician, board member, motivational speaker, or author to redefine the possibilities of mountain biking. He just used his gut instincts, his passion, determination, and drive to elevate the thing he cares deeply about.
Will you do the same? You already have permission.
Postscript: While writing this, I couldn’t help but think of one of my mentors, Will Northrop of What-if-Concepts. Will does amazing work with empowering people who inspire by connecting remarkable ideas. His blog is a great source of daily encouragement, motivation, and thought-provoking ideas. Check it out!