Connected Educator Month–what’s my plan?

October is Connected Educator Month.  I identify myself as ‘connected.’  But what am I going to do to push myself during the month of October?

I’ve been taking some time to sort, cull and add to my blog lists on Feedly.  It’s been a chore.  But I’m getting to a place where what’s in the feed, I actually read.  My blog lists were first adopted from another educator’s list… I don’t even remember who.  But you have to start somewhere.  And from there, my tastes, interests and areas of focus have developed and sharpened.  I can ‘unsubscribe’ or search for blogs that suit my needs better.  I’m happy with the work I’ve put into it.

So for Connected Educator Month, my #1 goal is commenting on the blogs I read.  Something simple, something complex, agreement or questioning… connection is a two-way street.  My read-only status is limiting my connectedness.

My second goal is to include Connected Educator Month in my weekly bulletins.  I have a weekly section called Tech Tips, Let’s Get Geeky!  Well during the month of October, I can share blogs I follow, scheduled events for the month and invite staff to attend a Twitter chat with me or at least watch a Twitter chat scroll by.

My final (old, on-going but super important) goal is to keep providing 1:1 support to staff who need it.  I still firmly believe that growth, learning, and motivation around technology  does not follow a schedule or rhythm.  Strike while the fire’s hot!  I threw out a How to Use Twitter on a Tuesday after school about a month ago.  Now four more teachers know a little bit more about Twitter.  And one actually has an account!  I sit down with a teacher to walk through how to Make a Copy of a Google Doc…. then rename it to make it your own.  5 minutes–done!  And that teacher is better equipped to use the tools provided.  In as much as well-planned, thoughtful PD can reach teachers and be effective, it will never anticipate needs as much as in-the-moment PD.  This is by no means the exclusive delivery method, but in the spirit of Connected Educators, I need to connect to staff in need and coach them up.  We need to do that for each other… and that comes full circle.  Connectedness is a two-way street.  Here we go!

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One thought on “Connected Educator Month–what’s my plan?

  1. Catina, Great post! Thank you for your reminder about the importance of commenting on blog posts. You’re right. The read-only status does limit our connectedness. Just found your blog and I plan to follow it (and yes, comment). I also appreciated what you wrote about providing coaching support to staff. This is key for deeper learning.

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