How I Dealt With Failure
I have been preparing for the Google Certified Educator 2 since school has let out. I have been taking the units, and learning about extensions, add-ons, and an array of new possibilities. I love all of the places I have gone with technology and feel I am really venturing out. I have this blog because I knew I needed to make a blog on the test since there was an entire section on the test. For the first test, I took the test and failed it and then I learned what I missed and came back strong and passed it. I guess I may be developing a pattern because I took the test this week and failed it. It was a difficult test -- not because I couldn't do the material -- it was due to me making little mistakes and trying to do things the way I've done it for school and realizing that I'm overcomplicating things.
What did I do when I knew I failed? Cried. It wasn't long, a few minutes. What did I do next? I e-mailed the three administrators and one colleague I told about taking the test and told them I failed and I felt better. I then called my kids and mother-in-law and told them I failed. I felt even better. I went to the kitchen and made stuffed pepper soup (great comfort food, by the way) and then I did something I think we all need to do - I tweeted my failure. I found a quote that spoke to me and I tweeted my failure. I felt better. I didn't have to get a bunch of likes and retweets, I just needed to broadcast that I failed and that I am not perfect. I have 14 days until the next time I can take the test. I will study on and off, but I will focus on school starting soon.
The next day I did something rather therapeutic as well. I tweeted a great success that my colleague and friend and I created - a "Crucible" Hyperdoc. I'm very proud of it and felt that it also showed that one thing does not define me. I will have failures and successes in life, but I will do well overall. I think our students need to see this and understand that we are indeed not perfect. We stumble and fail and get back up and try again. That's life.