At the beginning of the year I told myself I would allot a certain amount of time each day to close my office door and get some work done as there is so much behind the scenes stuff that has to happen before I can do any of my PD or projects...not to mention our Twitter account and the website need updated at least twice a week if not more. Unfortunately I can't remember the last time I shut my office door and got some work done. I was feeling extremely frustrated today because every chance I had to shut my door, I was interrupted - the printer was out of ink, someone's laptop wasn't connecting to wireless, someone couldn't remember their login information, the list goes on! It was one particular knock however that made me stop and remember why I do what I do.
A teacher stopped down to tell me a student I have really connected with this year was going to do a demonstration for the class and she thought I might want to see this. As I followed her down I couldn't help but think this is time I am not getting anything done however, when I walked in, I saw this student (a very quiet student who never says a lot and often keeps to himself) standing in front of the class demonstrating something technology related (something him and I had worked on only a few days earlier). In those moments that I stood and watched the students in the room look up to and listen to him, laugh at the one-liners he'd throw in, and watch how excited/proud of himself he was; I couldn't think of a better reason NOT to get my work done. It's times like this that I am reminded of why I do what I do - the smile on the students faces, the proud feeling they have when they've done something big, the excitement they have for learning when you incorporate not just technology but something they're interested in, that too me is worth not getting to my post-its.