Doing “Your Best” isn’t always your “Best”!
...But I did my best!
I love talking with teachers….and I mean not just hallway conversations but really sitting down and talking with them about students, education, and life. To help facilitate these real conversations, every year I meet with all of my teachers three times individually. These meetings are roughly centered around their “Annual Goals”. In the fall we meet to set them, upon returning from Christmas vacation we review them, and then at the end of the year we see if those goals have been accomplished and plan for ways to achieve goals for next year.
While the premises of these meetings are the goals, many times the conversations grow and move into other areas of education and life. In one very recent conversation, one of my most reflective teachers said that he always strives to “do better” and not be happy with his merely his “best”.
This idea of doing “better” has intrigued me and I have come up with a list of why doing “better” trumps doing “your best” always.
Doing your BEST:
· Is easy
· Limits you
· Sounds like a cop-out
· Is the best you can ever do.
· Does not leave room for reflective growth
· You own your work
· Allows you to look at what you did well
· Is ongoing and never ending
· Makes you look at what exactly you could do better
· Makes you seek out the “best” and become better than them!
How many times have you heard a student say that was their “best” and how many times have you really agreed? Rarely do you hear someone say “I did my best” and really be satisfied with the task they have just completed. Challenge yourself and your students to grow, be humble, be courageous, but most of all….be better!
Is there anything else that I could add to either list, let me know via your feedback!