This past week was homecoming week on our campus and with that brings “dress up day”.  One day was movie characters and several staff members dressed up like super heroes.   After morning devotions, I noticed one teacher (who had a jacket on) ask another teacher to help her show her cape and together they pulled the cape out from behind the jacket.

Then this morning, as reading through tweets before heading to church, I noticed an avatar that consisted of a fact shot with a red cape proudly flowing behind.

And that — is what is prompting this post….

Because I think I hide my cape way too much — and wonder if you do the same thing.

Just this past week, I hid my cape when —

  1. In a meeting, where I should have boldly spoken up about the vision of tech on our campus, I remained silent.
  2. When people twittered or posted about the O.R.E.O. project, I did not retweet their tweets.
  3.  I declined a speaking engagement because right now I am terrified of flying.   (sad but true)

I have gotten a very nice reputation on twitter, at conferences, etc of not self-promoting.

But ….. am I concealing my super power just to be modest?

I don’t want to be perceived “ever” as an in-your-face promoting kind of person — but I also think many times I stay quiet when I need to speak up.

To be honest, I am in awe of those who know how to market themselves.   Who get noticed for every single little thing they do — who’s names are dropped so frequently — who are recognized not only by their online community but also their own campus for being a leader.

Yet, to be honest — I am the one who continually hides my cape.

And, to be honest — I don’t think I am the only one who continually hides their cape.

And what is holding us back —
is it pride?
is it fear?

is it ………………………………?   feel free to fill in the blank.

What keeps us (me) from sharing what WE do know?  For being proud of our accomplishments?  For sharing out our classrooms and what our remarkable students are creating?   For saying “I am making a difference in education and here is how”!!

I am struggling with this right now……………….
I know there is a balance — but at this moment, I am not seeing how.

Thank you for listening.



One comment

  1. Lee says:

    Hey Jen,
    I think there is a balance between arrogant self-promotion and speaking up when appropriate. I believe there are skills we learn in the real world in order to get along with others and, at the same time, be sure our voices are heard. It’s important to choose your battles and not be the one who always has to talk, or people will stop listening. We all know people who suck the energy out of a room and surely you don’t want to be that person.

    The people who are good at self-promoting are most likely doing it because that’s how they pay their bills, or how they plan to pay their bills in the future. If that is your goal, then there are certainly ways to promote your work without being arrogant.

    Michelle Baldwin wrote a post recently about pulling back. It resonated with a lot of us. http://avenue4learning.com/2014/10/04/my-identity/ At some point, all this stuff just isn’t going to matter as much. Maybe it’s time to re-prioritize.

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