Today, however, was the very manifestation of Nike's "just do it" motto. One of my students, in order to carry out her 20% time project, decided that she would organized and execute Baldwin's first ever Lip Dub. This wasn't an easy task by any means. Not only had the bar been set incredibly high by neighboring districts, but there were literally over 1400 moving pieces to account for in order to make this work. She would need administrative approval, an altered schedule, a cameraman with actual skills (not just some novice with an iPhone), time, money, choreography, volunteers, signs, space, and, of course, lots and lots of student buy-in. I fully encouraged her to go for it, but I wondered if such a task would be too much for any one student to handle.
After months of planning, scrambling, negotiating, advertising, and hoping....today was the day! Sara managed to actually do in all seriousness what everyone else had only talked about. I'm sitting at home right now incredibly proud of her and her team not just because they put a fun Lip Dub together, but because they were able to make a plan, stick with it, push through challenges, and ultimately master their objective. Forget papers, tests, and projects; this is what every teacher wants every single one of his/her teachers to be able to do. People will always say "why don't we...?" but only the winners say "so let's do it!"