1. Gilles

    Great post and so true for this: “I would rather be a creator than a critic.” I just finish watching a YouTube video with Gary Vaynerchuk and at the end of the episode he mentions something that relates in a way for me: “Ideas are s… and Execution is the game!” It is way more fun to create then to be a troll/critic. I learn so much while creating! As you mention in the last Live YouTube video with the #IMMOOC community, something along the lines of; “if you disagree or want to argue with me. Do it now and not when I’m gone. Nobody wins if you disagree with me after I’m gone!” I have a saying, if you are going to critic, you can only do so if you have a solution. Otherwise, don’t waist your spit!
    All that aside, you are a great role model for that philosophy. You executed and now look where you are at! I have to learn to do this more and stop getting paralyze by reflecting what other people will say in my back. So, great post and great timing!

  2. Thank you George!! I need this encouragement. I’m embarrassed to admit fear does play a huge role in my blogging frequency. For example, I just wrote about standardized testing I attached an idea for alternative measures(expecting push back and lots of questions). However, I took the risk anyway. Thank you for always encouraging us through the obstacles!!

  3. MIchal Reed

    I think “criticism” is given a bad rap. I tell my students that “constructive criticism” is love. Criticism is the yin to the yang of creation. Either, in isolation, is so incomplete. I like a dialectical relationship between the two. I create, and then I look for criticism. What is working? What could be better? How can I use what is working to revamp that which is not? Create changes and then go through the process again!
    I explain to my students before returning work that it would be much easier for me to just skim their papers and give a letter grade. It takes time to articulate how the writing could be clearer and more engaging. Criticism is a gift that should be savored!

  4. Hanging on to your convictions is good if they are good convictions. One should always be aware of the situation, the circumstances, the students, what has been learned, what needs to be learned, and how one learns.
    Having said this, the culture one feels comfortable in and can relate to is an important component as well. Be ready to think outside the box and run with what works! Embrace, collaborate, and effective teach and learn!

  5. Vicki Den Ouden

    “Life is in beta; flaws will happen along the way. Embrace it, move on, and move forward.” Timely advice for me. Thanks!

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