"Refuse to Fail" - President George W. Bush, September 11th, 2001
The same holds true in the everyday life that has evolved since athletics have ended. I've never accepted failing a test, being denied admission to a program, or being left off of a roster, with any sense of complacency. I believe that we are destined to strive for more, to refuse failure as the final option.
This afternoon, I received the letter in my email inbox that kept me out of the elite company as an Apple Distinguished Educator. The competitor in me was upset at anything I could be upset at. Did I do enough? Was it worth all of the time spent? Was it my application video? Could I have done more?
Applying to become an Apple Distinguished Educator didn't provide me with the current opportunities that I am experiencing, but it has granted me the motivation to strive for more from my students and more from myself. Because of this, students in room 205 are doing more with technology and publishing more of their work than ever before. I am putting myself out into the educational community and collaborating with amazing educators from around the world because it seems like I just needed that little push.
While there is no ADE added onto my name, there are a few great things coming up since the application process was opened:
- CUE 2013 Presenter in Palm Springs (twice!)
- CUE Rockstar on the USS Hornet
- CUE Rockstar in Lake Tahoe
- Podcasting with Jeff Herb and Jessica Pack
- Co-Founder and moderator of #CAedChat Sunday nights at 8:00 PST
- Published the first of 4 eBooks dedicated to the SAMR Scale
Turning this into a positive, my classroom is a better place because of this whole experience. Now, off to work on my 2014-15 application.