I am unabashedly a nerd. I fully admit that. My favourite Superhero is the Green Lantern. I’m not sure why, maybe because I like green. Maybe it would be cool to have the power of the Green Lantern. Nevertheless, he’s my favourite.
The key personality trait of the Green Lanterns (there are many of them) is fearlessness. All Green Lanterns harness the power of Will and share a lack of fear. He tackles just about anything head on with the power of his Green Lantern Ring.
- Zombies (especially the quick ones)
- Losing my wallet and or keys
- Plane Crashes
- Identity theft
- Singing a solo
I am sure there’s a lot more if I took time to think.
There is a lot of fear in education right now. But there are some things I don’ t think we need to be afraid of.
- Rethinking how we teach
- Trying something new
- Opening the door of our classroom and going into other people’s classrooms
- Making mistakes
- Talking about what we are afraid of
As a staff, we are struggling with some of these fears. There are those who fear everything on the list and those who fear none of them. My job is to encourage people to move to a place where they are willing to take risks and to learn. Reflecting on how to do that best is part of this job. Twitter and reading others blogs certainly helps.
Green Lantern can teach us a few things about being fearless, but we need to be very mindful of why we fear things and what to do about those fears.