Anyone who knows me really well knows that I LOVE music – country, hip-hop, R&B, jazz, pop, top40, classical etc. – you name it and I most likely have it on my collection. In fact, on the ride to the airport and while we were waiting to depart Philadelphia I think my weary brain automatically allowed my lips to sing the words to every song on the radio most likely to the dismay or possibly the amusement of my traveling companions.
After boarding, and once we reached flying altitude, I pulled out my trusty iPod for what I assumed would be a nice melody of tunes to lull my weary brain to sleep for a quick nap. As luck would have it, however, “Defying Gravity” by Idina Menzel was the first song to pervade my inner ear.
For those that do not know the lyrics a portion of them are below:
“Something has changed within me, something is not the same. I’m through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game. Too late for second guessing….. it’s time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap. …it’s time to try defying gravity.….I’m through accepting limits cause someone says they’re so. Some things I cannot change but till I try I’ll never know...my future is unlimited…everyone deserves a chance to defy gravity.”
After listening to this song it dawned on me that EduCon is all about exactly that; defying gravity. The conversations I heard all weekend were about taking chances, about improving education, and taking risks for the betterment of the students in our care.
The question I pose, then, to everyone in attendance at EduCon 2.2 is this:
What will you do tomorrow in your schools to help those around you ‘defy gravity? Will you merely return to school re-energized by meeting many of your PLN face-to-face looking to improve what you do? Clearly, that is one reason we attend a conference like EduCon but what about those around you? Will you reach out to the folks in your department, down the hall, even in a neighboring school across the district or in your state?
My challenge for anyone who reads this post is to ensure that not only do you continue to defy gravity for the greater good but that you also challenge those around you to close their eyes, defy gravity, and no longer accept the limits because someone else tells you they are so.