For most people, our life’s journey leads us to a crossroads and beautifully daunting choices lay ahead. Robert Frost knew this all too well. In his “The Road Not Taken” poem, he talks about looking out on the two paths and feeling sad that he couldn’t take both.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

My paths diverged this September when I was selecting the next educational journey I wanted to go on.

Path 1: I could continue on the path that I knew. This path inspires me to grow and develop as an educator who affects student learning every day. This path has me learning more innovative and useful ways to inspire readers, writers, and mathematicians while promoting inquiry. I have enjoyed this path. It is beautiful and has treated me well.

Path 2: The other path is one of risk and challenge. It’s one far outside of my comfort zone. It is a path that is not always straight and can be fraught with challenges. This path towards educational leadership can be daunting and isolating but also has the potential to be inspiring and culture changing.

What should I do?

I’m betting on Robert Frost and I’m taking the leap… ish.

I’ve begun a series of educational technology coaching courses and we’ll see where it takes me. If it takes me on a tour and I end up just where I started, I know I’ll be better for it. If my journey leads me down new meandering paths, perhaps I’ll take some side trips and maybe I’ll end up really taking a leap!

For now… I’m going to enjoy the journey. I’m growing my professional learning community, continuing to live my journey in the public eye (via this blog), taking risks with my Grade 1 team, and gearing up for my exciting new life as part of FLoW21 at WAB. I’ve even invented (I probably didn’t invent it… but, I’m using it as mine) a new word: collaborcoaching. Part collaboration. Part coaching. 100% idea generating awesomeness. We’ll see where it takes me.

As of now…I feel as if this journey will make all the difference.