self comparisons

This is going to sound sort of weird, but the inspiration for this post is an Air Wick product… 

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On the back of the can, I noticed that it said, “Gets rid of odour better than previous Air Wick products.” That really made me go “hmmm…” So often, we see the big name brands comparing themselves to their competition, so I think that when brands reflect and improve their previous products, it comes off a lot more sincerely. 

And then I realized… That is what teachers need to do. Rather than comparing ourselves to others, we need to look back on what we’ve done, identify things that could be better next time, and actually put in the time and effort to improve our practice. Then and only then, we can advertise that we are reflective, fresh, humble enough to admit our mistakes, and determined enough to fix them. 

-KKF