Two Important Traits

As I work with our first Project ELITE cohort, I have paused to reflect on what traits are possessed by an educator who successfully integrates educational technology into the curriculum.  While developing a skills base is important, building collaborative relationships with teachers is important, and access to adequate technology is conducive to success, there are two traits that I see as vital.  The first it to be able to allow oneself to make mistakes.  The learning process of someone who is truly pushing oneself is full of little errors and missteps.  A tech savvy librarian tolerates his or her own mistakes and keeps moving.  The second trait is resilience – the ability to keep moving forward despite frustrations and setbacks.  I don’t think it is really possible to be that type of technology leader in the school without cultivating these two important traits.

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