You don’t have to be a teacher. This applies to everyone.
If you ever questioned why you feel unmotivated and unsatisfied as an educator or an entrepreneur, this might be the biggest reason:
You’re not creating enough.
And let me rephrase that:
You’re not creating enough with quality.
I know, I know. Being creative — being the unique teacher /business “mogul”— is not the priority. It’s not, but like anything in life, you have many roles to fill.
The problem we get ourselves into though is deciding to go all in with creation without properly curating first.
Anyone can create. But to create quality content requires time and research.
The “Create First, Curate Later” Trap
As a teacher, a big trap that we find ourselves in is thinking our primary job is to “save”. This mindset leads us to create impulsively without proper organization and planning.
We chose our professions in some shape or form to serve and help society. However, there is a fine line between wanting to serve and save.
We start creating schemes, some excellent and well-intentioned …
Or on the contrary, the very opposite happens:
Our lessons are a crapshoot, poorly executed, abysmal: all due to improper planning and strategic curation.
It’s time we wake up. We can’t go all in on a flying unicorn by starting to create without a vision. You can have the best of intentions, but without a plan you devise, your vision will crumble.
We can’t save people.
We might as well leave the profession if we regard the profession as a hospital for patients.
The moment we become the “doctor” is the moment we lose sight of the purpose a teacher serves in the classroom (as well as in alternative environments for teaching).
We can’t just save for the sake of saving in the same way of creating for the sake of creating.
We need to remember our role — our vision — as a teacher. Start curating.
The Primary Role of an Educator
A teacher’s primary role — essentially — is to instruct with a learning objective and outcome in mind.
- Each day and each lesson needs an objective. It’s how we measure growth.
- Each lesson needs some form of a unit. This gives meaning to each lesson.
- Each unit needs an overarching mission. What was the point for creating this unit? How can students apply this information in their own life?
What we see from the 3 points above is that each component intersects. “Saving” is not part of the equation. Our natural instinct as teachers is to act on impulse when we cling to our savior complex.
We as teachers use strategies to help inspire — NOT save.
We curate first. Find the best of the best to learn from. We use these resources as a fountain of inspiration to build momentum in our own lives to create.
What Are The Steps To Create:
To catapult the creation process, keep these points in mind. Hash it out:
- What is the mission?
What exactly do you want to achieve? What will be your measure to show if you’ve been making gains towards your vision (is there even a measure)?
- How are you going to chunk out the year(s) based on your mission?
If you’re stuck on how to create “units” in the classroom or in your life, there’s an easy way to go about this –>
Identify the values of your audience — your students. Create a survey and have your students track their core values. Do this in the first week and you’re almost there to creating your units for the year.
If your students value freedom, identity, family, and teamwork –>
- Start curating resources that fit under these categories.
Especially as a beginning teacher, we get stuck in wanting to be original.
But you don’t have to be. Every idea has been recycled, even in teaching.
Curate from the very best teachers you can find on the web.
When you curate and use those resources in the classroom, you free up hours of time for you to create what you want and live the life that can inspire you and your students.
Curate at the beginning, unless you already have free time to create and fulfill the several roles as a teacher.
I know for me — creating first before curating did NOT work. That doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. Everyone is different.
But the fact that I created first, led me to make some poor decisions in designing my content in the classroom. I spent hours on creating mediocre lessons and what ended up happening:
I neglected classroom management and the building of meaningful relationships between my students in my first year.
If I had curated and focused on designing a solid management plan first, it would have saved me hours… hours that I could have used to create quality content in the classroom, not mediocre ones.
Don’t Let Curating Be The Excuse To Not Create
With every vision and every mission, there needs to be a plan.
Don’t use curation as an excuse to not create — this is another mistake we all have probably made to procrastinate the creation process.
The purpose of curation as a teacher is to grow in knowledge, personally develop, but also to apply what we have learned.
The application being the creating process.
Conclusion: Curate First, Create Later
When we make learning the priority, the fruits of our creative, quality content will show for it.
I look back at my mistakes, but luckily I can say I can use this advice now.
I can start creating.
Hi there. 🙂
I would love to know. What are you curating and creating in your life? Let me know in the comments!
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