With it being the middle of report card and parent/student/teacher interview time at school, I find myself behind in my #IMMOOC reflections. A couple of nights ago when I listened to the second YouTube episode, Sarah, George, and Katie all commented on “living in beta”, and I think it was Katie who said something to the effect that if we didn’t work in beta, nothing would ever get done. So here I am, trying to keep up to the #IMMOOC because I’m living in beta!
The line about living in beta resonated with me because I have to keep myself in check from leaning too far into the perfectionist camp, the camp that says, “I’ll try this once I’ve finished reading the book”, or “I can’t start that until I have a full plan in place.” My natural inclination is to have my ducks in a row before moving forward, and to be “ready”. I should know after all these years, that no matter how much work you do in education, there’s still more to be done, and the only time you can have the illusion of being “done” is June 30.
And so this week was a good reminder to jump right in and start working on something new, whether those ducks are wandering all over the yard or not. We’re all working in beta, and I need to give myself permission that it’s okay to do that.