Its delayed

02 May

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.


Posted by on May 2, 2009 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Its delayed

  1. Cheryl

    May 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Anything we do to our minds to stimulate creative and critical thinking is time well spent. Additionally, studies have shown that folks who continue to stimulate their brains (learning) live longer, more satisfying lives and are less likely to suffer from mental diseases such as dimencia.

  2. karen vanek

    May 5, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Yes, the benefit of blogging far outweighs the time it takes to blog. Just like any exercise, it builds the capacity to perform. Educators must avail themselves of this venue in which to build those dendrites and multiple connections in their brains. How else will they retain the power to create new knowledge in the classroom, and their daily lives contributing to making life better for all?

  3. Heather Tate

    May 8, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    This was motivational. I am guilty of wanting results right away. Thanks for reminding me that “good things come to those who wait.”


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