The Teacher Platter

We often hear about having “too much on our plate”. but I once heard an educator say that teachers don’t have “plates”, but they have “platters”.

Think about it…how often do we add more initiatives to what we do in education compared to how many times do we purposefully pull things off of the plate?

If you want to really do something well, you don’t try to do EVERYTHING. Something has got to give.

Apple, one of the most profitable businesses in the world, doesn’t focus on making a plethora of items, but a select few that are of high quality. Steve Jobs, in an interview with Fortune in 2008, said the following:

“Apple is a $30 billion company, yet we’ve got less than 30 major products. I don’t know if that’s ever been done before. Certainly the great consumer electronics companies of the past had thousands of products. We tend to focus much more. People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are.”

It is important to think about not only why we do things or how we do things, but what things we do. If we do too much, what impact could we truly have?

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1 comment for “The Teacher Platter

  1. Melissa
    February 17, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I love this. It needs to be framed on the desk of every district or site level specialist, administrator, and superintendent. It should be the filter through which all initiatives are vetted. Thank you for reminding me to be care-full.

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