Yesterday was a little of both. The morning/afternoon, as seen in the previous entry, was clear win not only for me, but the general Pittsburgh education field. Since then, I've had some exciting conversations on spreading gamification into the primary levels, math department, and perhaps even expanding EdCamp to a public school sometime next year. The evening, however, the Pirates followed up their 12-2 Friday night victory with a lousy 6-1 loss in one of the chilliest games so far.
But of course, baseball, unlike hockey and football, isn't about winning. Sure, winning is great, and it's much more fun to watch a Pirates blowout victory, but baseball is about perseverance. In baseball, you may lose today, but there will be a tomorrow. The same player who wins the game in a walk-off home run can lose the game the next day. The same catcher who misses a wild pitch can be a hero the following night. Baseball is about dealing with loss, and carrying on. Once you understand that, the sport becomes much more human.
And actually, education is the same way. Saturday was a "win", but Monday will bring back all the old challenges we felt prior to our INSPIRE session. We may feel frustrated, or tired, or think there's no way to make change, or no way to reach a certain student. But remember, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Just make sure you keep playing, and the season will tell the true story.
With that, I'm heading back to PNC Park to see if the Pirates can bounce back. It's a whole new ball game!