Ann Lambert is a Second Year Teaching Fellow at the Irving Middle School, Roslindale, MA
Work is work… but who said it couldn’t be fun? During a staff retreat before the school year started, I was given the challenge of presenting myself and my life to my new staff team in ten minutes or less. HOW? A PowerPoint? An abridged autobiography? Interpretive dance? Or… do I dare… showcase my skillz*… at work? Little known fact to people outside of my closest circle of friends: I got flow. However, repressed by the misconception that “social Ann” and “professional Ann” should be kept distinct, I had yet to fully come out of my shell and reveal my true self to my coworkers. Embarking on year two of the Teaching Fellowship, I took a “positive risk” as we like to say at Citizen Schools: I decided to unleash my inner rapper and creative lyricist in the workplace. This music video is the result. Enjoy!"
*slang for "skills", a set of competencies that enable one to be well versed and very proficient at accomplishing a goal
Beastie Boys lyric: I got the skillz to pay the bills
In what creative ways have you brought your true self and joy into your workplace?