As I watch my friends and colleagues share out their Google Teacher Academy application submissions, I’m reminded of my first and second applications to the GTA. Both times I didn’t put much effort into my Video and both times I didn’t make the cut. On the third try I focused almost entirely on my video and by some miracle squeaked in.

Being a member of the Google Certified Teacher family has been one of the great experiences of my education career. I wish everyone the best of luck and encourage those who don’t happen to make it this time, to keep trying. As I tell my daughter when she makes one of those faces at the Piano, practice, practice, practice. That’s how you get better. And if at first you don’t succeed…