Sometimes, we need to pause and check in with where we currently are. This past week was my Spring Break and it gave me a chance to do just that. I took a break from business and put on my "mom hat." I spent this past week taking my youngest daughter on several college tours. We visited 3 colleges earlier in the week and one on Friday.  These were all new experiences for my daughter and definitely pushed her out of her comfort zone- but it also pushed me too. She is the youngest of our four children and thinking about her taking the next step in her life was a paradigm shift for me too.  But sometimes that push is just what we need- we can get complacent and stuck in our everyday and forget that we need to continue to grow and evolve to become the person that we were destined to be.

Reviewing what are the ABCs of Transforming Learning are-

Two weeks ago, I shared a blog post called  O = Organize Family Engagement Events.  A lot of times, when we plan such events, it can get overwhelming.  We want to create the perfect event and make sure that we think of everything. Family engagement has been a huge focus for me this year and as I have embarked on this journey, I have found some amazing family engagement events that can help any school get started with the fun,

This week, we will focus on P = Push Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone. Just like my daughter and I needed to push ourselves out of our comfort zone this past week, so do we as educators. Yes, this can sound scary, but it doesn't have to be. This week, we will focus on some ways that you can choose that perfect next step to push yourself. Maybe it will be just the nudge you or I need,

P = Push Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone

A few years ago, I came to a new realization based on an episode of a Teach Better Talk podcast featuring Jen Manly. "If you don't ask, the answer is always no."  These words captured how I pushed myself during my #oneword2020 #challenge year. I began to notice as I challenge myself, I would surprise myself with what I could accomplish. During that year, I presented  over 20 times virtually, began writing my book, and put myself out there in new ways.  By the end of 2020, these challenges had begun to transform the way I now live my life. As Lindsay Titus often shares, I had embraced fear as a sign of leveling up or work towards the future version of myself.

How can you level up as an educator?

As educators, we often look at a PD day as another thing on our plates. It may not apply to our role or be a one size fits all model.  You might hear grumbles about it being a waste of time, or maybe you are even thinking that, That is not the type of leveling up I am talking about- I am talking about when you make the choice as an educator to level up a part of your practice based on your goals and interests.  There are many ways to do this and this week's blog posts shares a couple of ways to do so.

Learn a new Tech Tool (or Dig Deeper into One You Already Use)

So you might look at this and think this is easier said than done- it takes time and that is a commodity that most of us don't have. So we have to be really intentional to do this and remember that you don't need to do it alone.

2. Check out one of my Tech Tools in 20 presentations on my YouTube channel!

Read a book or listen to an audio book that interests you

Currently, I am "reading" two books- one as an educator and listening to one as an "edupreneur." 

Right now, there are so many amazing educational books out there. I am so honored to have written one of them: TRANSFORM- Techy Notes to Make Learning Sticky  and contributed to a few books including Amplifying Instructional Design. There are no shortages of books- find one that meets your needs.

Check out a podcast that challenges you or adds to your toolbox

There are no shortage of amazing podcasts either. 

Consider conducting a quarter year audit

In my newsletter last week, I shared how I recently took some time to reflect on the first quarter of my #oneword #develop year. I selected four main areas to develop in this year- family relationships, TannenbaumTech LLC, coaching capacity and a healthier lifestyle. I was perfectly transparent and shared my struggles with developing a healthier lifestyle. This is an area that I know I need to push myself more in. I need to push myself more to take better care of myself. I am making great progress in the other areas, but I know that I can do better in this area. What are you excelling in? What areas can you further develop?

Start small and reach out if you need to-

The pursuit of leveling up is made of thousands and millions of small steps and it is not done alone. Find someone to join you as you push yourself out of your comfort zone and work together to support each other. Need a buddy along the way? Reach out and I would love to help you. After all, we are all #bettertogether as we become the future versions of ourselves.