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!