Have you seen this commercial?
Now you are probably asking yourself, what does Domino's pizza have to do with going 1:1? Well, it wasn't the pizza you should have been focusing on but instead the message: "Failure is an option." "In order to get better, in order to move ahead, you are going to make mistakes." "If we gave up after every mistake, we wouldn't come up with something new..." "We cannot be afraid to fail." I think all of this rings true for the journey we are about to embark on.
As much as Jake and I have planned for this rollout, we know there are things that are going to come up that we haven't planned for. We know that we will probably fail on a few things. But we also know that like Domino's if we give up after every mistake, we won't come up with something new. Ultimately we know that what we are doing is the right thing for our kids
Fail shouldn't be thought of as a bad word. I think in education we need to rebrand the word "fail." Fail should really mean First Attempt In Learning.
As teachers we are afraid to fail in front of our students. We are afraid to not be the smartest person in the room, the one who has all the knowledge. In reality, the smartest person in any room is the room itself. Our students will now have the answer to almost any question at their fingertips. We need to tap into that power and take advantage of it.
As a company, Domino's has embraced the motto "Failure is an option." Their motto continues, "We must strive for greatness in everything we do. But greatness cannot be achieved without failure." Imagine what could be accomplished if we used that same thinking in our classrooms?
This year, I want you to not be afraid to fail. Take risks. Try something new. Use technology in a way you never have before. I will be there to support you, to learn with you, to grow with you and yes, to fail with you.