This week’s #EdublogsClub Prompt: Write a post about challenging situations.
A challenge I face in my role as a technology integrationist for our district is handling criticism from others. I am a people-pleaser, and I like to have the approval of others. So moving from a classroom teaching position to a district-wide support role meant that I suddenly have many more people who either approve or disapprove of suggestions, ideas, proposals, etc. More teachers, more students, more administrators, more families, even more patrons interested in the district decisions around technology! I know that “you can’t make everyone happy all the time” is a phrase that many people use to help themselves rationalize away negative feedback they get from stakeholders. However, I want to be open minded and listen to all feedback I’m given and try to incorporate it in to my work. But this is, indeed, a challenge! I try to remind myself of the word “iteration” very often. It is ok to take critical feedback, because “this is only the current iteration of ______________.” Insert into that blank: this project, this tech deployment, this way of doing my job, etc. In the “next iteration” I want to do/be better anyway, right? So why not listen to the feedback and use what I can from it to grow!