The following post is from Megan Allen, an NBCT and teacherpreneur at the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ). It was first posted on CTQ’s blog and is reposted with permission. This is post two of a three-part blog series.
Lesson number two in teacher leadership from the Super Bowl:
When we fall flat (and we will), we must not be afraid try again. We can’t let these setbacks “deflate” our plans (I couldn’t help myself here!).
Many of us will remember watching Idina Menzel’s performance in Time Square on New Year’s Eve, or perhaps we saw this video clip(link is external) after the fact. And she was just taken to task by Twitter, the media, so many. But did she hide? Did she quit? Not at all.
Idina Menzel was at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1st, with millions of eyes on her as she sang the National Anthem. And what happened can be summed up with these headlines the following day:
- “Idina Menzel Let’s It Go, Nails National Anthem”(link is external)
- “Idina Menzel Belts Out National Anthem, Makes Fans Forget About That New Years Eve Performance”(link is external)
She killed it!
Lesson learned: We all fall flat on our faces. It happens. I can remember two years ago during a panel at a conference I was asked a softball of a question and everything just flew right out of my head, I couldn’t cobble a thought together, and I really faltered. I fell on my face. But the lesson we should learn and remember is that it is not a matter of IF it will happen, but WHEN it will happen. And it is part of the learning curve. We will get a lot of “no’s,” we will have failures, but each and every “no” is one step further in our work, and one step closer to a “yes.”
Megan M. Allen is the 2010 Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year and one of four finalists for the 2010 National Teacher of the Year. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who has worked in several roles in educator, including 7 years as an elementary school and special education teacher in Title 1 schools, the educator-in-residence at the University of Central Florida, a teacherpreneur in a hybrid role with the Center for Teaching Quality, and a visiting instructor in Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College.
She is currently working as a program developer and visiting instructor for Mount Holyoke College’s Professional and Graduate Education Office, where she facilitates graduate students in learning about technology methods, science and math methods, and the changing role of a teacher. Follow her on twitter @Redhdteacher.