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“Push the ones you care about, thank the ones who care enough to push."
Like many people, I have a Facebook page to share insights to my life and to learn about what others are doing in their lives. I belong to several groups such as Masters Track and Field as well the NCSLA Facebook group.
Recently one of the Master athletes posted a question “What do you do when you are too tired or unmotivated to practice?” Replies ranged from “Just Do It!” to “Take the Day Off.” I also replied and posted my thoughts about how to keep going when the going gets tough.
When I taught high school physics, I would share this quote with my students: “Push the ones you care about, thank the ones who care enough to push.” Students seemed to understand that thought when it was applied to sports, dance, or music, but not so much to academics or life in general.
My life experience has been that it is important to learn to push ourselves, especially when it may be hard to do so because of competing demands on our time and talents. As leaders in science education in North Carolina, we care about issues such as the STEM pipeline and how science is taught by teachers and experienced by students in all our schools.
In NCSLA we come together to network, celebrate, and support science leaders throughout the state through our Committee work and by hosting two annual meetings to include professional development for science leadership related to content. We lead and advocate for programs and policies to support quality science education in North Carolina at all grade levels PreK to University.
If you are a science educator and/or someone who supports science education, I encourage you to take a closer look at the programs and opportunities NCSLA offers to help people learn to push themselves as science leaders in the classroom, at the district level, at Universities, informal education, in business industry, in the community, or in any other capacity.
Keep the fires burning,
Wayne Fisher – 2015-16 NCSLA President