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Photo reprinted with permission by Unsplash. Photo by Sonja Langford

Photo reprinted with permission by Unsplash. Photo by Sonja Langford

Recently, I published a blog post titled The Secret to EdTech No One Talks About, and it must have struck a chord because the post came up as a comment in a recent #satchat conversation. Specifically, an educator during #satchat said that she was not “sure there’s time for Pr/Admin to ”Become completely informed about & comfortable w/ ed tech being used”.” Basically, she was questioning if principals and administrators have the time to learn about and become familiar with educational technology. This is a valid comment and I thank the educator who posted it for bringing the issue up because this tweet made me think about what always ends up being a concern in learning: TIME.

To do anything in life we need time. Time to learn. Time to do something.  Time to reflect. Time to improve. And to do anything well we need MORE time. We know this because we battle time in everything we do. And when we want to make a change, time is always a concern. So let’s take the time argument out of our list of excuses to do new things in education.

Let’s agree to find the time necessary to do what is needed in education.

Let’s agree to find the time to be a better educator.

Let’s agree to find the time to learn something new.

Let’s agree that time, although not our friend, will never be our excuse as a professional educator.

By now you’re thinking, “This guy doesn’t know how busy I am” or “He must have a lot of time on his hands”. No I don’t (to both statements), but I do know what it’s like to use time as an excuse and to have that excuse used on me.

So here’s 3 things we can all do to find the time needed to be better professional educators:

  1. Collaborate with other educators. Everything we do in education does not need to be independently done or “original work”. There’s value and time saved when we agree to collaborate. The next time you need to accomplish something, look for collaborators to help you.
  2. Ask for Help. There’s something inherently wrong with asking for help in education. I don’t know why, but people often equate it with weakness. This is so far from the truth. Asking for help is an effective and efficient way of achieving a goal and saving time.
  3. Find time suckers and stop them. We all do things that waste time. Sometimes it is procrastination and other times it is avoidance behavior. Identify what you do to waste time and commit to stop doing it to save your valuable time.

In education time is our scarcest commodity. We can never make more of it and we never have enough of it. So we have to maximize what time we have available to us. But we need to commit to our profession to not use it as an excuse for not doing what we need to do to be better educators.

What do you do to maximize your time? Leave a suggestion in the comments section.