Do You Prune Your Practices & Routines

Every summer my wife and I plant a number of flower pots for our backyard. When the start to bloom it’s spectacular. But as the summer progresses, the beautiful blooms begin to wither and die. It’s not too noticeable at first but eventually, there are more dead blooms than live. The plants don’t look so […]

Going the Distance

https://www.flickr.com/photos/evanlavine/5714484922/sizes/lThere are times when I find myself wondering how I will ever find the time to get it all done. I actually have this unique ability to fluctuate between being an amazing multi-tasker and th…

Connecting – SBÉ – Week 6

Connecting and Connections

That’s our topic for week 6 of the Summer Blogging Exposé.

All teachers are connected. They share with the teachers in their building and have connections outside of education. But when discussing “Connected Educators” that’s usually not what comes to mind.

At least when discussing it with “Connected Educators”.

Often, the term “Connected” refers to teachers who use Social Media in some form to connect with other teachers. Twitter, Facebook, Voxer, Pinterest, Instagram, and Snapchat are the Social Network Sites that come to mind in this context.

It’s true that these sites allow teachers to connect in ways that were not available in the past and provide an opportunity for sharing and connecting that goes beyond the local.

Lemarr Treadwell, a frequent contributor to the weekly #saskedchat tweeted this out during our last chat.

Connection – Local AND Global

As someone who has been connected for around 11 years using SM, I have experienced, as well as seen, how being a connected educator provides opportunities for relationships that can support growth and learning.

However, being connected doesn’t mean this happens automatically or that being connected is always a positive.

Being connected can definitely support a teacher’s growth and development and open opportunities for global relationships and supporting school growth and development, something that George Couros has written about a few times.

But the power of connecting and the depth of relationships rely on continuing to cultivate and grow those relationships in much the same way that local relationships need to be grown and developed. Digital connections are definitely important

BUT

the connections in the classroom with students and the connections in the school with parents and colleagues are equally important. It’s not an either/or – it’s both.

Connected Educators understand that being ‘connected’ means cultivating relationships in the school, in the community, and globally. It requires sharing with others openly in order to grow and develop all teachers.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this topic.

What does being ‘connected’ mean to you?

How do you connect both locally and globally?

Why has connecting been important to you?

What’s your favourite way to connect with other teachers?

How did you become a connected educator?

Happy blogging everyone!

Got A Mountain to Climb? Part 3: Baby Steps. Are You Ready? We Got this.

As I listened to Daisy and my daughter, Shalyn, tell about the climb up Handies Peak, my mind immediately went to real life and educational applications, once the proud mommy glow had it’s moment.  Feeling very inspired, I decided to go with the real life application in my first post of this series, Got A Mountain to Climb? Baby Steps. Are You Ready? We got this.  As I pondered the educational side of this story, I realized that there is more than one area in education where we can apply this.  My second post in this series, Got An EDU Mountain to Climb? Baby Steps. Are You Ready? We Got This! focused on the power of PLN’s (professional learning networks) and how we teachers sometimes ignore the power they provide and try to go it alone. But that isn’t the only educational application here.  Some teachers may have sore toes by the end of this blog, and at times in my career, my toes would be among those trod upon here, though I’m ready to trudge ahead anyway. Are you ready? THIS post is dedicated to my husband, Cayl, (@caylst) and all those technology directors out there. I feel your pain. This is for you. Let’s grab our gear and get started. Baby steps. We got this.