As a runner I am painfully familiar with idea of doing something for the eventual payoff. I don’t always reap the benefits of running during the run or even directly after I’m finished but as the miles pile up, as do the benefits. It’s hard doing something for the delayed gratification but we all enjoy activities that provide for us in that sense. If I could slip on my grouchy old man hat, and I will, I am ready to complain that this is exactly what “these young folks today” are missing. It’s all about what do I get right now, and to hell with any type of cummilative effect. That mindset is a tough one to combat in the classroom when a tangible or even recognizable reward isn’t always there. Ditto with professional learning. Will reading this one blog make me a better techer? Will contributing to the discussion on a blog make me better in someway? Yes. Maybe not tomorrow but working the muscles of your mind in ways that relate to your own professional learning as opposed to just worrying about TAKS objectives will have a positive effect on us as educators.