Happy December 2020! Among the many speaking events I've had the privilege to do this fall, the most challenging yet rewarding topic was "Facing Forward, Infusing Hope in Educators."
I thought to myself, what can I possibly say to infuse hope into a room full of people who are fighting every single day both personally and professionally? So I turned to historical books and social science articles to learn about how we can actually grow from times of uncertainty. What I found was very interesting. I read over and over that uncertain times require us to increase our level of creativity and innovation.
When I offered this idea to the educators attending the professional development presentation, I could see the light bulbs going off in the (zoom) room. These educators took some time to think and then shared many examples of how they, along with their co-workers and families, were empowered to use creativity and solve problems during the uncertainty of 2020.
I'd like to get you thinking about this as well. Answer these questions to help you see the ways you have created and innovated this year, compared to one year ago.
In what ways have you become creative with your time?
What unique problems did you solve with a unique solution?
I encourage all of us to reflect and examine how we have become creative and innovative in such uncertain times, and how this realization gives us hope for a better future.