1. Hey George,
    Love that you are going to start a podcast! If I could add one more thing to my plate, regular podcasting would be it. Remember our podcast on the road from Whistler to the airport? https://pairadimes.davidtruss.com/podcast-2-with-george-couros/
    In the car, windshield wipers going, highway noise, tons of ‘uhms’ and stutters… still a great conversation, AND something that people can listen to 7+ years later!
    And we talk about sharing ‘out loud’ and in the open. I read my blog post that you share above (thank you) to one of my students today. She is writing a musical right now and wants to chronicle her learning, but also wants everything to be perfect from the first post/share.
    We absolutely have to put ourselves ‘out there’ and take chances, and show that things can have rough edges, if we are asking others to do the same. I look forward to your podcast becoming part of my regular feed!

  2. K Mata

    I was just thinking about this the other day after listening to a teacher talking about how they are just barely learning something before the kids do, and they hate it when they cannot answer their questions.  I told them that they should use it as a learning experience – it is OK not to know the answer.  Students will learn more if they have to figure it out. I learned this first hand when I taught computer programming my first year of teaching.  Although I had been programming computers for 20 years, I had never programmed in the language of Visual Basic.  I had programmed in about 10 other languages, but not that one.  Therefore I didn’t know exactly how to do some things in this language.  Computer programming is a lot like any other language – there are certain syntax rules and sentence structure rules you must follow in order for the computer to understand what you are saying.  When students would ask me how to do something, I would often say, I am not sure, and we would banter back and forth – them telling me I know, I just won’t tell them, me saying, I don’t know, we will have to figure it out.  At first it was hard to admit I didn’t know, but some of the things they were asking me were not required for their assignment, so I hadn’t figured it out yet, but the glee they expressed when they figured something out on their own was magical.  If we can get them curious enough, they will figure it out, and they will learn!

    Thanks for sharing your struggle story!

    – Kathi

  3. Holly

    Thank you for sharing your struggle. It has reminded me that I need to continually find new and different ways to stretch outside my comfort zone. I am really looking forward to regularly listening to your podcast.

    We all breathe, so try not to let the breathing sounds bother you. 😊 A tip that someone shared with me to help reduce breathing sounds is to place the microphone at your throat near your voice box instead of at your mouth. It works best if you are wearing a headset.


  4. Chris

    Thanks for this post. It is important to remember that in learning we all struggle, and leaders are often learning in a very public arena. Everyone in education needs to allow and support each other through the struggles, and leave space for grace and understanding when things don’t go well. Most of all, understanding and grace for ourselves in light of our own high expectations for our performance.

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