If I’m not working, I need to be writing. I suppose that is my first resolution of the new year. I need to write more. Of course, doing more reading will always produce better writing, so I suppose reading more is my second resolution of the year, although I’m less excited about that than the first one.
A few months ago, I signed up for MightyBell through the Future of Education group that I belong to. And then I promptly forgot about it, until I started getting the daily email alerts, encouraging me to go on to the next step, which is to say, take the first step. The initial idea of signing up what to have something blogworthy, thus it might get me writing again.
I know that I am not the only person who is feeling pretty dissatisfied with education and the direction it has been going the past 10 years. In fact I have never talked to anyone who has anything to do with it, who is totally satisfied with the direction of our educational system. But the online groups, Future of Education in particular, has at least kept me in the loop when I have otherwise wanted to run away from the education business. It’s still an awkward relationship, but I’m at least willing to give it another go.
Mightybell is simply a string of tasks that is done whenever you feel like it, with a daily email reminding you of what you need to do next. For instance, step one is signing up for Teacher 2.0. That was fairly easy, although it took a day to get approved. The next task was thinking about and listing your talents, as well as thinking about how to recognize student talent. I sort of breezed through that with teaching being a talent, some writing, dealing with and using technology and applied behavior analysis. These are all things that when I think about, people either have recognized me for, or they are asking me about. I was one of the technology nerds as a student and as a teacher, who people ran to when they were having trouble with their computer.
The next task was about passions. Things I love doing and things I love learning about. I was pretty stumped and decided I had enough for the day, right there. Now there are a lot of things I like learning about. Technology being a big one, along with U.S. History and science. I like learning about the latest trends in gardening and becoming more self-sufficient. I like learning about elves and hobbits. But I don’t know if these are all passions. I’m pretty sure my family would all agree that I am passoniate about my laptop as I spend most of my time on it.
But a follow-up question asks: Do I spend enough time on my passions? Lately, the answer has been “no”. Or at least not enough on where my passions and talents align. And that is what I’m working through at the moment. Discovering where my passions and talents align. It occurred to me the best things that have happened to me in the past month WERE because of my writing right here on this blog. It’s one of the rare places where the talents and passions seem to intersect. Of course, the real trick is to get this intersection to pay the bills!
I had a poll once (the only one I’ve ever run here!) where I ask if this blog helps or hurts my chances of getting hired. It occurs to me that if it hurts, than I might possibly be ill-suited for whatever that job is. I do love teaching, and it still is a passion of mine. In many ways, this blog has provided me a platform to do some good teaching. And some good learning!
Passions and talents don’t need to be the same, but it certainly does make things easier if you can get the two together.