A focus on what is POSSIBLE

Update: I have had to change my goal from 10 blogs in 10 days to 10 blogs over the next two weeks. I just couldn’t do it and need to be realistic and gentle with myself and my recovery! 

When I saw Tina Zita’s challenge: 10 Posts in 10 Days in my inbox this morning, I thought what I have thought since November 1st. I don’t think I can do that.  In fact, today is Blue Monday, isn’t it? 10 blog posts in 10 days in my condition: Impossible.

I hadn’t created my #oneword2017 as so many of my friends and peers had, I hadn’t done a 2017 Learning Resolutions video reflection and posted it to #EDU2017 even though I had really meant to.

You see I incurred a concussion on October 31st and I have not been myself since. In fact, today, 77 days later was my first day back at work–it was only two hours and a modified schedule–but it was the first day that I got dressed and went to work and smiled at teachers and students faintly and answered that I was doing ok, when I feel less than ok.

Flashback to last night, when my next door neighbour, who is a Rehabilitation psychologist talked to me about the fact that I need to push myself; that I may be 100% by the 3 month mark in a couple of weeks, or I may not be, but no matter what, my brain will benefit from working, and pushing.

So 10 Days of Blogging seems less impossible…

There will always be a reason not to. This was brought home to me when George Couros shared an article, The Dark Side of Tech in the Classroom: Caveats for Implementing Tech in Schools . There are lots of great thoughts on it, but what I noticed most is that the author, though professing the effective integration of tech can be a “helpful thing” spent the entire article talking about the negative aspects of technology integration.

Maybe this is human nature. To focus on the negatives instead of the positives. To say it is impossible before we concede that it is possible. To use a deficit model instead of an asset model.

There will always be a reason not to do something.

And so, my one word for this year is POSSIBLE.

I will write 10 blogs in 10 days, despite the fact that it will likely take me considerable effort. They won’t always be long, and likely not perfectly edited like they normally would be, but doing this is possible. So says 5th grader, Madelyn.

Won’t you join us?

(used with permission based on an Audrey Hepburn quotation)

My learning resolution: #EDU2017

2 thoughts on “A focus on what is POSSIBLE

  1. Lori Lisi

    Hi Jen…YES…go slow to go fast and be who you are…not who others think you should be! I’m more than half way through ‘The Year of Yes’ by Shonda Rhimes and she has some good advice about not feeling guilty for buying cupcakes instead of making them from scratch…LOL. A great read!! ?

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    1. jencasatodd@gmail.com Post author

      Hi Lori. Thank you for your comment and for reading. I listened to the whole book and LOVED it. I hope you are well!

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