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Jennifer’s perception flowchart

I was extremely flattered and newly inspired by Library Girl, Jennifer LaGarde’s thoughtful perception flowchart, in response to my last post.

(In fact, if you haven’t read her blog, or seen the eloquent way she visually transmits concepts, please stop reading and take a trip there right now.)

Jennifer reminds us:  Your work has to matter before it will matter to anyone else.

It’s not enough to just work hard.  It’s not enough to be exhausted at the end of the day.  The hours we spend with children must matter.  The work we do on behalf of students must result in measurable outcomes.

Jennifer gives us advice as we rethink our new year.  Focus on kids, not stuff. Don’t just be busy, make a difference.

I am not the queen of the world, but allow me this suggestion.

Regardless of what you may have learned, I give you permission not to do inventory (or inventory-like tasks) this year.

In fact, take two or three years off.   Rethink your days and don’t do anything that doesn’t really impact learners.

In 2014 and beyond, make sure you

  • connect with your school’s goals
  • focus on solving the problems of the people you serve (what keeps them up at night?)
  • focus on enchanting the people you serve
  • focus on learners
  • identify how your work makes a difference by collecting artifacts and evidence
  • grow (with the help of a PLN)
  • lead
  • share in noisy ways


Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. I must take issue with one thing you’ve said here. You really are the queen of the world. 🙂 That said, I’m humbled by the nod and thank you so much for always giving me so much to think about and to strive for.


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