Recently in the a slow Voxer group for #connectedTL there was a conversation about reaching teachers during professional development trainings. In this talk there was great point made about how at times trying to provide PD to teachers can feel like "watering rocks". This struck home with many of us who to provide PD. We've felt the room, seen the checked out looks, and noticed teachers on their phones. But hey... haven't we all felt that in the classroom too?
Back to the rocks.
Now what was interesting though, was how many in the Voxer group talked about solutions and that Growth Mindset we all here about. So, instead of the analogy about the futility of watering a rock, the conversation changed to what that water can do. "Moss can grow on rocks" and "Water can move mountains".
So, yes.. we should focus on this word which my college football coach Chris Ault, used all the time (and which drove me crazy!) Stick–to–itiveness!
I just looked this up and yes... this is a word! How is that possible!?!?!?!
Sorry for questioning you Coach (is it wrong to be 44 years old and still a little intimidated by your old coach, even if I have 6 inches and 80 pounds on him?)
And now to my share.
I was inspired by these different ideas of water and rocks so I made a collage. Enjoy!
I know I will miss some, but shout outs go to Roland Aichele, Jenna Rogers, Mark Loundy, Tom Covington and Rhonda Corippo for these insights on rocks!
BTW.. .have you participated in a slow chat or slow Voxer group? Great way to get inspired during the week! Drop a comment on this blog or shoot me a message if you would like to know more about these.