Thursday, October 2, 2014

What I learned about perfection from choosing pumpkins for my boys.

Voxer is an amazing tool for professional development. Voxer is a walkie-talkie app for your phone. You can create groups and have asynchronous conversation. Educators have jumped on this bandwagon and professional learning networks now have a 'voice.'

That being said, one of my Minnesota Voxer friends brought up a question about perfection. There is a subset of our students who are obsessed with perfection. They have to be the best. They have to perform the best. Failure is not an option.

Yesterday, I bought two pumpkins. One for each of my boys. When selecting a pumpkin, you instantly turn into a pumpkin expert. Although my pumpkin expertise is only realized once a year, I feel, while selecting a pumpkin, that I can find the best pumpkin out of the semi-artistically placed pile of pumpkins. As I picked the pumpkins I wanted to buy, I settled on two that were nearly perfect. There was a blemish or two, but I was pleased with the overall pumpkin. I remember thinking, "your not perfect, but most of you is." Whilst not the most grammatically correct personification-of-a-pumpkin-thought, the idea was somewhat profound.

We, as teachers, are not perfect.  Our administrators aren't perfect. And our children are not perfect. But...part of all of us is perfect. We need to look for those parts in the people with whom we are surrounded. The perfect part. We all have one. You need to find it in others.

Your comments are welcomed and encouraged,

Dane Barner

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