Stand Out From the Crowd

OrangeFrogPrintCover2014final3D400@jonathankegler has asked me to guest moderate his fabulous chat, #nbtchat next Sunday evening. Of course I willingly and graciously said I would…then the work began. What would I talk about and how would I be able to even come close to his brilliance…

While at my sister’s house last night I came across the book The Orange Frog: A Parable Based on Positive Psychology by Shawn Achor. Mr. Achor published this book in 2013…its appears to be a quick read and is a small book but packed full of great thoughts about standing apart from the crowd.

While I’ve only just begun reading this book, I have already become a huge fan. The Orange Frog decided he needed to stay green so he wouldn’t stand out from the crowd but soon realized that he wasn’t having fun or enjoying life. When he was happy and doing things he liked, he began to turn orange. He soon decided that being happy and orange was what he wanted for his life.

As educators, we sometimes need to stand apart from the crowd and do what we love even if we become targets. The orange frog became a target for the herons but decided his happiness was worth the risks. Like him, we need to realize that our risk taking is what breeds happiness and in turn helps our students learn. We take risks because we know it will help our students. We need to be the advocates for our students…stand up for them…stand apart from the crowd in order to change minds…be bold…be confident…

It is our duty to be the Orange Frog in a world full of green ones…I don’t ever want to be “green”.