1. I absolutely love this post. You are right, we have to vulnerable in teaching and learning as well as own when we aren’t living up to our best professional selves.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this… love that image of success! This post is really speaking personally to my own insecurities and self-doubt, and I needed the reminder that we all go through struggles! Without them, we won’t really learn much along the way.

  3. Adrianna Brumbaugh

    I read Brown’s Daring Greatly, and at the same time I was studying The Innovator’s Mindset. I love the complimentary combination of these texts. Changing a mindset is not simply about a new approach to teaching and learning; it is a very human and sometimes scary process when we decide to “show up” as Brown puts it. We know not everyone loves new ideas or those who share them.  As I learn from and also lead a group of teachers toward an innovative mindset, I sometimes have to re-read Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech as referenced by Brown. If you all haven’t read it, I would suggest you give it a shot. I feel like it goes hand and hand with what visionaries like Couros and others are doing in education today.

  4. True! I think it’s ok to walk out of school and think, well, I won’t do that again! We’re thinking about what we did and how to improve.

    Nice post.

  5. Christina Sweeney

    I love this post – and it was just what I needed to read this morning. I just started reading Be Bad First by Erika Andersen and the idea that we need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable resonates here as well!

  6. I had never connected Vulnerability with Effective Learning before. But it is perfect!!! Once you admit to yourself that there certainly always something new, something better, something that can be understood and more broadly connected with other items, then the joy of learning and addressing meaningful situations can happen. AND it happens because you embraced your vulnerability!!! Very much aligned with another phrase I believe strongly to be critical to success: “EMBRACING AMBIGUITY!!!”

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