Because I started feeling uncomfortable 'going on' about myself, I actually gave a watered down version of the achievements I have made and the things I am still doing. I don't do any of this for recognition from others... I simply do it because I love it and hope that it all helps to improve outcomes for my students.
I love sharing what I do on social media - through Twitter, Instagram and of course, this blog and it is this sharing that has helped me to build my PLN and my confidence. Both of these things have made me branch out and present at as many TeachMeets and conferences that I can.
It's this sharing that has also helped me achieve the awesome status of being included in the Flipped Learning Global Initiative's Top 100 educators leading flipped learning worldwide. I haven't specifically mentioned this on my blog, however, I have included the digital badge for people to see. I am still a little in shock about my inclusion on the list and now want to do everything I can in order to make sure I live up to the expectations of being included on the list amongst some amazing educators from around the world.
Another conversation along these lines I've had with colleagues around the same age as me recently is the number of younger teachers who are moving into leadership roles. Please, do not take this as a negative, it's more a reflection on myself that when I was their age (man I sound old!) I didn't have the guts to be applying for leadership positions because I didn't think I had the skills/expertise/age to take on such roles. Sometimes I still find myself talking myself out of particular things for the same reasons... but obviously this isn't the case anymore. I give props to these younger educators taking leaps in their careers... I just hope I haven't missed the boat!!!
Writing this blog post has been quite therapeutic to get a few of these things off my chest. But now, time for a new mantra... let this be it...