Four Mistakes From Fall 2015

Four Mistakes From Fall 2015

Everyone makes mistakes. Recognizing that is a big deal, but if I’m not careful, I will end up dwelling on the recognition end of the equation and not looking at what I can do to remedy what I can control in each of my mistakes.

With that in mind, I want to share four mistakes I’ve made this semester and an idea or two about how I might correct them.

Call it accountability, call it sharing my learning, call it what you like. I’m sharing.

Four Mistakes From Fall 2015

Over the summer, Jeremy Stewart (@J_Stew314) and I worked together to put a plan in place for a district Twitter chat. Out of a few conversations, #CSISDchat was born. It’s been a great experience, but I severely underestimated the time and energy it would take to start and maintain a weekly Twitter chat. Thankfully, the chat has meaningfully contributed to the lives of many both within and outside of College Station ISD, but I was surprised to see how much it took to do what it looked like was effortless for others to accomplish. It left me with respect for the many who lead chats I benefit from and with the reminder that for #CSISDchat to flourish and continue to support and challenge educators, this will take some intentional planning. Happily, that’s something I can do.

In August, we ran a program for a group of incoming 9th graders who we knew would benefit from a strengthened foundation of skills–both academic and behavioral. It was a great idea that served a group of students who needed the help and I had a bad attitude about giving up my time to help these students. I’ll spare you the details here and just say that the time was well spent, the relationships that started during that week in August have grown throughout the semester, and I will not discount the value of this sort of work again soon.

My experience blogging has been great. I’ve learned so much through both the topics I’ve explored and the process of sharing my writing. (I’d be a better English teacher now with this experience for sure… not sure why I never explored this while I was in the classroom.) But, for a long time, and at moments when I’m tired or don’t feel great about my performance at work, I worried far too much about how my blog posts would be received. I think that’s a typical issue that bloggers go through, but for me, the blog experience has brought to light the need to make sure this isn’t something I’m carrying over into other areas. I don’t want to go throughout my days worried about what others think, so I need to work on that.

If I only get one thing right next semester, this needs to be it. I didn’t plan my time well this year. That meant that time got wasted, I got behind, and the things I value most don’t get the time they deserve. In short, my wife and kids need to get first dibs on my time. I need to do a better job of making sure that happens and that even if they get a lot of time, it’s not what’s leftover after giving of myself at school or at church.

So, there it is. It’s been a great semester, but not one that’s free from mistakes. I’m excited about tackling these areas in which I have control to make some real improvements. Hopefully I’ll be able to see real growth in each of these areas over the next semester.

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10 Replies to “Four Mistakes From Fall 2015”

  1. Wow Aaron! Proud of your transparency. We learn best from our mistakes and the mistakes of others. I can relate to everything you shared and with the demands for my time with school, podcast, and website – I need to prioritize family as well. My wife deserves my best. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. Thanks, Daniel! I appreciate the feedback.

      Getting that balance just right is tough, but it’s an absolute must for us to work through. Best of luck in your efforts to keep everything in balance in your world!


      1. Great job of recognizing the importance of family. Overcommitting yourself to social media will definitely detract from your most important job, being a family man. Hope you have a great Christmas break with your family.


        1. Couldn’t agree more. Have a Merry Christmas, John!

  2. Very brave to put yourself out there like this, an example to follow for sure. I don’t think you need to worry about your blogs and how they are received, you are utmost professional and inspiring. It’s awesome that you’ve already put in time for reflection on what needs to be improved this coming New Year.

    Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!


    1. Thanks, Ro! Hope you have a wonderful break!

  3. Aaron, great reflection. It is so important to not allow anything to take priority above family. It can definitely become a problem when we get spread too thin or commit too much of our best energy to our work, including our presence on social media and through our blogs. Work is valuable, but we must keep first things first. Our families are the greatest blessing.

    1. Thanks, David. I’m in total agreement with you. Thanks for sharing; it’s helpful to know others share some of these struggles.


  4. Janet Langford says:

    We should give God and family our best, but too often we just give our rest. It’s a continual struggle for us all. Thanks for sharing your heart, Enjoy your break.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement. Hope you have a good break too!

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