Goal 7: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Part of the 30 Goals Challenge Series
Growing up my father pushed my sisters and me to step out of our comfort zones. Needless to say, I
was prety miserable being forced into doing things I didn’t want to do. For example, when I moved to
a new school my freshman year of high school my father forced me to run for class president. I didn’t
want to, because I was making new friends and I was embarrassed that I would lose. I surprisingly won
due to the radical campaign my father set out for me which included plastering the walls with
cartoons spoutng silly slogans. My dad knew that as I got older I would need to be able to step out of
my comfort zone to live life. I learned something very valuable that I would rather have a failure story
to share than a story of regret. Stepping out of your comfort zone requires you to do something new
that you are uncomfortable doing. My long-term goal is to force myself to try to accomplish tasks in
new ways. This applies to my teaching and presentng. Afer a Twiter conversaton with @Aldtucker,
@Mccright, @Asbella, and @Edyoucaton, I was convinced to chuck PowerPoint and try Prezi for
presentng at my frst conference this year. I’m nervous! I want to do well at these conferences, but I
rather have a failure story than one of regret. Here are ideas for you to step out of your comfort zone:
• Present diferently- try Prezi or doing a Pecha Kucha this year. These links will help.
o @Edyoucaton shared with me this link for tps on using htp://prezi.com/manual/
o @Asbella shared with me 3 of her Prezi presentatons- VoiceThread –
htp://bit.ly/7LDq70, Top 5 uses of Tchnology for Young Learners- htp://bit.ly/5vqQXP,
Computer Lab rules- htp://bit.ly/5TW7Yv
o Find out what Pecha Kuchas are by reading this post.
• Rearrange your classroom- Try setng up learning statons.
o Get rid of your teacher’s desk. This post by Russ Goerend explains the task and was
shared by .
• Trade in your uncomfortable shoes for comfortable ones and spend the majority of the class
period walking around and facilitatng in your classroom. This promotes your health and
increases student learning.
• Change how and where you teach.
o Read this post for more ideas about teaching outside the four walls of your classroom.
• Teach paperless every Friday- read about this initatve at the Teach Paperless blog.
The long-term goal is the change and determining if it transitons into a permanent change. Therefore,
to accomplish this task today I want you to think about what uncomfortable change you will make
either in your professional or personal life and encourage yourself to be bold enough to make that
step in the upcoming week. Try to at least create part of the plan of acton for the long-term goal.
Plan to step out of your comfort zone!
Don’t forget to leave a comment that you accomplished this goal using the hashtag #30Goals!
How will you step out of your comfort zone? Care to share?
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