As I headed into the 2018-2019 school year, I was looking forward and looking back. I've been in my current position for about 3 years now. I was looking for a way to reflect on these past 3 years and bring that learning forward into current and future work. IDEO U's article When Are You at Your Best as a Leader provided the perfect reflective tool: Ikigai, a Japanese concept commonly translated as "reason for being." I set aside a chunk of time to just think about purpose and intention in my work and how I can best serve the needs of others through those lenses. It harkened back to ideas I've been exploring shared by Simon Sinek and Daniel Pink.
Using Ikigai as a framework, I created a Thinglink (see below) to help me think about each part of this concept:
As the school year gets underway, and as the Jewish New Year begins for those celebrating, I'd encourage everyone to set aside the time to think about your own Ikigai. How can you set yourself on a path for bringing what you love, what you are good at, and what others need into your daily work?
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I'm an elementary school teacher turned professional learning/edtech coach, avid reader, and lifelong learner. For 2018, I've set the goal to create a 6 word memoir for (nearly) each week to find my voice, reflect on my own professional learning, and set goals for how my learning will impact my practice.
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