Last Saturday, I attended Edcamp Sacramento and had a major takeaway. In a casual conversation with Stephane Reid, she started sharing how she improves her speed while jogging. Stephanie runs with others and looks for someone who is just a little bit faster than her. She calls the person her "+1" and works really hard to hang with them on long trail runs. I think we all need "+1s" in all areas of life. We need "+1s" to drive our professional development, improve our parenting, and refine the ways we communicate with others. This week, I'm going to find a "+1" and improve my skills by working hard to "keep up." Consider how differentiated this strategy is. Everyone is in charge of their own "+1" and the person they select is just beyond their current state of competency. I think this is a great learning strategy for kids and adults alike. So, who's your "+1?"
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