A few weeks ago, I had the chance to talk briefly with Shauna Pollock (@misspollock), author of Creating Classroom Magic. I got the book in the mail just before March Break and I’ve been loving it so far. I have always had an affinity for all things Disney, though I didn’t appreciate his knack for dreaming and experimentation until I was quite a bit older.

Something that Shauna wrote in Chapter 2 really resonated with me:

…teachers need to have confidence in their ideas and follow their passions even more than they care about what others think or say…Sell your dreams and make them come true.

I have always been a bit of a people-pleaser, and by the sounds of it, it’s not uncommon for teachers to allow others’ opinions or perspectives to affect our confidence in our pedagogical choices. As I continue to grow as a teacher, this is something that I find happens to me a lot. I spend time making certain decisions or changes, but can very easily doubt my choices when I receive pushback or questions from others.

I wonder – what will it take, and what does it look like for me to build confidence in my ideas and passions?