Show Your Work Challenge

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Picture from the book “Show Your Work” by Austin Kleon

Day 1 of the Show your work challenge is over, and boy, was it a challenge.  The vulnerability of showing the process of my work and my thoughts was at moments paralyzing. I have never done anything like this before, so while I am glad to grow in this way, it doesn’t make it any easier.

I’m not sure why showing the “process” of our work can be so scary.  Is it because we are afraid of showing our mistakes, and looking like we don’t know what we are doing?  I don’t know, but something about it sure feels raw.

As I was writing my last blog post late last night, something started to happen.  I began to think a little less about what people were thinking, and I just wrote from my heart.  I was also very encouraged to see the support for us on this journey by Dr.Haglund, and the other members of our team. Because this is a process, it is great to go through it together, as a team, and cheer each other on.  


I can’t help but wonder what might come from all of this.  What will we learn about showing our work and it’s value. I’m eager to see, and a little uncomfortable, but I’m ok with that.  In this job, I’m  excited by the fact that I’m just gonna have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.   The process is messy, and that’s ok.


5 thoughts on “Show Your Work Challenge

  • Lisa Treen
    August 24, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Thanks for being vulnerable as I totally understand how uncomfortable it can be and I think you get that one can’t worry about what all others think. Change is a messy process! We can only hope most will join in the process and challenge before all of us in providing positive 21st Century blended learning experiences for SAUSD students. Please know your efforts are appreciated. #IAMSAUSD

    • August 24, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Hello Lisa, it was so nice to meet you today! I am so grateful for your comments, it is so encouraging to know that we are all in this together!! Change is so messy, but it seems like the more messy, the more rewarding.

  • Bryan Davis
    August 24, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Love your question here, “Is it because we are afraid of showing our mistakes, and looking like we don’t know what we are doing? ” I’ve asked that question. I guess my follow up question is, what’s the cost of not sharing our mistakes? I think it’s important to just share it all – the mistakes, the successes, the vulnerability because the students need to see it’s okay, and how will they see it if we don’t model it? The students need to know it’s okay to feel how they feel. They are pressured and stressed just like we are, so if we can promote the idea to share the messy process of learning, then I think we’d be doing something valuable. Really appreciated the heart in your post.

    • August 24, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      I really appreciate your comment about the cost of not sharing our mistakes. It puts the “why” of being so vulnerable into perspective. Thanks Bryan for the encouragement!!

    • Lisa Treen
      August 25, 2016 at 1:48 am

      So completely true. Kids need to understand that mistakes are a very important part of the process and it’s the learning from the mistakes that moves you forward in every aspect of life. Being vulnerable and exposing your weaknesses makes for better real life human experiences and mentorship.


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