In the Disney movie Frozen, first Queen Elsa struggles with controlling and concealing her abilities. She then liberates herself from her fears. In other words, she “let it go”.
When I first started teaching, I was often frustrated and overwhelmed with trying to give my students the best learning experiences possible. I wanted to make sure my lessons:
addressed the multiple intelligences,
facilitated scientific literacy,
provided equity for non-dominant student groups,
integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,
applied the learning to real-world people, situations, and problems,
incorporated scientific inquiry,
built 21st century skills
Then there are soooo many different types of educational resources to chose from, different instructional approaches and methods like simulations, gamification, scientific inquiry, case studies, interactive notebooks…..
“I said ENOUGH!”
Then I realized that although I didn’t have the best resources, or knowledge of the latest research, or even the time to come up with the most engaging activities; what I did have was a passion and talent for teaching. My superpower. My gift. Teaching (aka facilitating student learning experiences) has always been my gift. And I realized that I didn’t have to be the perfect teacher to be a darn good one.
Even in creating STEMjunction.com, I had to take a lesson from Queen Elsa. At first, I wanted the website to be perfect before I published it onto the world wide web. But, I had to decide what was most important and just hit publish because the longer I worried about getting it just right, the longer it took for me to get it out there for others to use. I had to just let go and launch the site.
Remember why you became an educator and focus on what you are good at doing. Then let go of any beliefs that may be holding you back from fully utilizing your teaching superpower.
What can we learn from Elsa, Queen of Arendelle?
Don’t we sometimes need to just “let it go”?
Last Updated: 7/20/2017