When I first opened a Twitter account, I figured I would explore the links and resources–follow some educational experts and gather information digitally. Like many others, I gained the confidence to network in small doses. Then it became habit to check the feed and lurk on various hashtags and edchats. Before I knew it, I was a connected educator and a regular on several chats. Now, I follow nearly 2000 educators; I am part of a professional learning network.
When I created a Twitter account, I needed a handle that represents my identity and integrity. Those who follow me on Twitter probably recognize my handle @RESP3CTtheGAME more than my name. Ironically, what began as my integrity has become the identity of my digital footprint. Tweeps know they have to accommodate a 15 character handle (I apologize; I had no idea anyone would interact with me. Seriously!). However, they may not know is what it means. Continue reading
Last year, in order to TRANSCEND, I felt obligated to get involved in every opportunity that called for educational leadership. My learning grew exponentially, but so did my time commitments. As responsibilities overlapped on my calendar, I found myself rushing (often running) to the next entry on the agenda. That pace is exhausting but necessary at crucial points in life, especially with the motivation to transcend. I am proud of my efforts, but refuse to grow complacent; I know there is much more to accomplish in 2015. Now, with an established foundation of personal and professional understanding, I have a clearer vision going forward.
2015 cordially invites me to take personal action with the following expectations: to find and branch out from my center, extend my learning, reach out, share more experiences, emanate positive energy, shine…
A number of connected educators are admittedly PD junkies. They crave conversations with other passionate educators, share ideas, seek knowledge, exchange resources, and take part in a global dialogue. Many need the adrenaline rush of an intense hour of a Twitter edchat to ignite their creative drive and keep their job from being anything but mundane. However, not everyone is interested nor ready to participate in Twitter chats. These chats are fast-paced, intimidating for some, time consuming, becoming echo chambers, and, as #slowchated founder David Theriault eloquently concludes, might just plain suck. Continue reading
I try to make a point of greeting students as they enter the classroom. If I can’t catch them at the door, I take a lap from table to table for a quick check in. This greeting is friendly but typically feels rushed as I move to the next group before diving into the day’s adventure.
My favorite part of the school day is making a personal connection with individual students. Unfortunately, our current system does not make this a logistical possibility every day. I get to visit with individuals throughout the day, but in a 45-54 minute class, there is no way to really connect with everyone. So that presents a dilemma.
This is why I cherish the conversation with the last student out of the room–possibly lingering to share a personal experience or make a connection to something we mentioned during class. And I love the moment where a student pulls me aside while the rest of class is writing, or reading, or discussing. I do my best to be available. I leave my door open during my prep period and acknowledge those I pass in the halls.
The runner up to these one-on-one moments is when learning happens and everyone acknowledges it. Enjoying laughs with my department team comes in a close third. They inspire me, challenge me, and brighten my work day.