Another thing I found interesting from, “Innovator’s Mindset,” by George Couros, is the myth of teachers solving their problems in isolation. I spend a lot of time in isolation. My position in a small district is a single one. I have paras and they are dear to me, but sometimes I need another teacher or two to bounce ideas off of. Being a reflective person, I started to seek this out and then ultimately joined our leader group because I really felt that was the next logical step. Professional collaboration helps you to tackle your problems, celebrate your victories, and keep you grounded in the reality outside your isolated situation. Knowing I never want to work in an AEA or be an administrator, but also coming from a management background, I thrive on needing to make sure I am continuing to improve, changing with the needs, keeping data informed, impacting those in my classroom and I can do this better when I join in professional conversations. (Yes, they can be in person or over tech but they need to happen.) Crossing the typical boundaries can make you the best version of you if you invest time into it. Instead of isolation, try collaboration and reflection.