July 21, 2012 by Brad Currie
“Dare to Succeed” is a motto I have used quite often in my life when I played high school athletics, taught social studies, coached sports and now as a school leader. The quote came from a great high school football coach I played under in the 1990s and still live by today. He would dare us every game day to play at a high level, just like I dare teachers, students and others to reach an learn at high levels. Each and every day we should be daring ourselves by trying new lessons, engaging students with innovative educational technology, supporting cutting edge best practice teaching techniques and doing what’s best for kids. The fact of the matter is this: the more we expand our knowledge, the more students will expand theirs.
In the coming months educators from around the world should be daring themselves to succeed each and every day. One simple way to do this is by working on expanding your PLN (Personal Learning Network).Many educators may feel unsettled by trying new “tools of the trade” such as Twitter. But the fact remains, we owe it to ourselves to build on our knowledge and collaborate with educators from around the world. Twitter and other forms of social media allow professionals to do this free of charge and the impact will be profound. Dare yourself in the very near future by signing on to Twitter, follow like minded educators, consume information and then possibly share the many great ideas you incorporate everyday on the job. It will help you out as an educator immensely and in turn promote the success of all students. Daring to succeed through expanding your PLN and stepping out of what Teddy Roosevelt calls “that gray twilight” is both engaging and relevant.