So I’ve been reading math teaching blogs for years, always looking for ways to improve my teaching. I lurk but I don’t comment because I’m afraid I have nothing to contribute, I’m afraid I’ll be laughed at, I’m afraid I will sound dumb, I’m afraid they won’t get me. I’m afraid, and I want to be perfect. I’m that way with my teaching as well.
Then I saw Ken Robinson’s TED talk, and this line hit me hard, “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original, and you’ll be afraid to be wrong”. Afraid to be wrong, that was me. After hearing that, I vowed to change the way I think about my teaching. Heck, I’m changing the way I think about my life. I value creativity in life and education, and this fear is holding me back.