I was discussing “education things” today with someone and found myself telling the WHY behind what fuels the passion behind my mission. The WHY behind WHAT drives me. You can’t tell that I just finished reading Start With Why by Simon Sinek, can you!? 🙂
Before the word empower even left my mouth, I felt the need to explain what I meant. I felt like it was so cliche. I felt like it is a word that is being thrown around so much lately, and with that people can take it many different ways to mean different things. Yet, this is genuinely how I feel so I wanted to be really clear. I want to empower others – at all levels.
So I began thinking what does the word empower really mean and did what anyone else would do. I Googled it!
1. to give power or authority to; authorize, especially by legal or official means
2. to enable or permit
I look at this and think it sounds more like a “boss” giving someone permission. This is not how I view empowering others. My thoughts align with George Couros’s thoughts in Chapter 6 of The Innovator’s Mindset. I created an acrostic, using the fabulous resource Buncee, to show what empower means to me.
There are so many empowering leaders out there! Teachers empowering students, students empowering other students, and teachers empowering other teachers! When we do this, amazing things happen in education.
I want to give a big shout out to 3 people who have empowered me educationally in some way this year. If you don’t already follow them and learn from them on Twitter, you need to now! 🙂
Whether they see potential in me and give me confidence to see it in myself, give encouragement and inspire me, challenge me to continue learning and growing, or ask me the hard questions to keep the why in focus – I THANK THEM for making me better. I thank them for pushing me to the edge of my comfort zone so that I can be a better educator.
Everyone needs someone to empower them to be better!