Two years ago I launched “The Innovative Teaching Toolbox” as a free download for all of my email subscribers. You see, as an email subscriber you get my best articles delivered to your inbox each week, plus some awesome bonuses (like the Innovative Teaching Toolbox). But a lot has changed in two years, and there is much to be thankful for…
- I’ve got two new children (18 months old and one month old!) to put our total of crazy kids to four.
- We moved into a fixer-upper of a house and our kids love it (Chip and Joanna can you please come help?).
- I took on a new administrative role as the Education and Technology Innovation Specialist at Upper Perkiomen School District. Our teachers and students continue to do amazing innovative work each day.
- I’ve published two books in those two years (with Learning By Choice becoming an Amazon #1 best-seller in Education), and I’m currently working on three more that are set to release in 2016?!?!
- Launched a #1 podcast with John Spencer called “Classroom Questions” (thank you!).
- I’ve been part of some really cool projects and met some awesome educators and people along the journey of making and building.
But honestly, I’m so thankful for you. If you are reading this right now it means you’ve impacted my life in some way, shape, or form most likely without even knowing it. Over 25,000 of you now get my emails each week, and I’ve had some of the best conversations and thought-provoking discussions through those emails and on this blog.
I know social media gets a lot of buzz for the connections we can make, but I still believe email is one of the best places to share and learn with each other.
My good friend shared this with me the other day, and it is so fitting for Thanksgiving:
“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.
The other four balls – family, health, friends, integrity – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. And once you truly understand the lesson of the five balls, you will have the beginnings of balance in your life.” [James Patterson]
Keep juggling the family, health, friends, and integrity balls during this time–while acknowledging that the rubber ball of work has room for risks, innovative thinking, and tinkering. I hope that this toolbox can get you fired up to keep learning, explore your passions, and innovate with purpose.
I’ve updated the toolbox and am sending it to all of my email readers today. If you’d like to download it for free and join the 25,000 crazy learners who get new articles each week about the future of learning, sign-up below and you’ll get it right away.