I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearing every authority which stood in their way.-Thomas Jefferson
I am a knowledge seeker. I love learning new things, pursuing new ideas, trying them out, reflecting, and improving. This is something I must tenaciously show my students to ensure that I am modeling the behaviors I want to see from them. I read, collaborate, write, listen, take risks, handle adversity (the best I can, no perfection here), and grow from mistakes.
This persistent pursuit of knowledge is what keeps me going as an educator, and fuels my fire. I like to think I am the lead learner in the room, and I had better back that up! But of course, it is no easy path being this stubborn about learning and innovating in the classroom.
There are the looks and stares, the discussions that stop mid-sentence, the people who just don’t talk to you as much as they used to. Others still, that make a point to let you know that everything you do in your classroom simply wouldn’t be possible in theirs. Innovating can be isolating at times. You can wonder if it is worth the struggle.
Then I think about my students. Our modern world requires nothing less than innovators. We need people to fill jobs that have not been created yet. We need solutions to very difficult problems. We need learners. We need creators.
So, I am committed to pressing ahead, learning and innovating no matter what the cost. For the time being, I will bear any authority that stands in the way of my students and I pursuing knowledge. But eventually, my students will have to go out and bear that authority, and I hope to have shown them the right way to do it. I hope to live up to the quote I began this post with, to boldly follow truth and reason no matter what.