Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What Do You Want to Do...

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On three different occasions today I have been asked "what do you want to do?" After a good cry, some soul searching, and feedback from my husband and three amazing women...I think I can honestly answer that question now.

I want to...

  • Surround myself with people who will push my thinking and challenge me to be a better  human being.
  • Be an inspiration to all the people I work with...students, parents, teachers, and staff.
  • Be a part of the decision making process.
  • Empower students and provide them with a platform to share their dreams and passions.
  • Make school fun, yet challenging and have it be the best part of a student's day.
  • Provide opportunities for our students to experience the world outside of the Northern Virginia bubble.
  • Help our students to become empathetic global citizens.
  • Make a difference locally and globally.
  • Provide students with an environment where inquiry, collaboration, presentation, and reflective learning are the norm.
  • Work with innovators.
  • Help create innovators.
  • Surround myself with smart, positive people.
  • Make school different.
  • Create an environment where students can create, learn, and lead.
  • Share my love of learning.
  • Take risks.
  • Provide opportunities for students to be creative problem solvers.
  • Continue to dream big.
  • Help students find their passions.
  • Encourage teachers to find their passions.
  • Build relationships/trust with the people that I interact with on a daily basis.
  • Encourage others to make their mark.
  • Provide authentic learning opportunities for our students.
  • Create environments that are conducive to learning.
  • Make my mark.
  • Learn everyday.
  • Look at the world have the courage to stand up and do something that isn't "safe."
I guess it is now up to me to make this all happen. It's hard to say what the future holds, but at least I have a better understanding of what I really want to do...


  1. What is that quote...leap and the net will appear? Sounds like you are heading into an exciting year:)

    1. I would like to think it will be exciting...Sometimes I wish I had a clear picture of what my path was. Maybe not knowing is part of the whole journey. :)

  2. I so admire you. And I agree - not knowing is part of the journey! Simultaneously the most fun and terrifying part. When I feel unsure, I try to keep in mind what Seth said when we saw him - that if he could tell his younger-self anything, it would be, "It's all going to be okay".

    1. You are so right and thank you for reminding me about that powerful statement. Maybe this is something that I will learn during my 40's. :)

  3. I love your list. And it seems the real question you have tackled here is HOW you want to be, which is awesome because you can apply that to any work.

    1. Thank you, Joey. You are right, I really did not define "what I want to do", which is good because that leaves more options for me to explore.

  4. Thank you for this entry. In showing your vulnerability, you give others courage. The whole tone of your Learning Journey Blog welcomes fellow travelers.

    1. Oh, wow! Thank you, Merry. You just made my day! :)