The past few weeks have afforded me the opportunity to attend several great conferences where I was able to learn, connect, and share. It’s so refreshing to be able to do all of those things. Which made me question why it was so great to be able to do ALL three and not one over the other.
Learning: I love learning because I never want to stop soaking up all the knowledge and goodness of this world.
Connecting: I love connecting because my social being craves interactions with others. Tell me your dreams, your ideas, or your mistakes. I will share mine. We can learn from one another and develop deeper relationships.
Sharing: I love sharing because this world can already be such a selfish place, so I want to give back to those that shared with me and beyond. Much like Dean Shareski has said, it is our moral imperative to share. We can learn so much from sharing, so let’s do it.
I am thankful for the friends and colleagues that allowed me to learn, connect, and share at SETDA, ISTE, and Sugar Valley Tech Summit. I continue to grow as an educator, leader, and person because of you.
Connections. I have used this word so many times this past month. But it really comes down to the connections.
This month has been full of travel in my own state and out. When I reflect on the month as a whole, I can’t help but think about the people that I got to meet and reconnect with, as well as create new memories together.
I knew that October was going to be a busy month that might cause me to potentially burnout. But I also knew that I had familiar faces in each place that would remind me of why I was there as a learner or leader, help renew my energy when it might be waning, and continue to challenge me in a variety of capacities. What better way to celebrate Connected Educator Month? I don’t think there is any other way.
It is in months of travel like this…meeting with educators and friends, new and old…I am so very thankful for the connections.
To all of you that I have been connected with for five years or even 5 minutes, I thank you. Whether you knew it or not, your friendship has made a difference in my life both professionally and personally. I only wish that more educators could see the power of connections beyond their classrooms and buildings, to truly understand why it matters and how it can be the best thing that they’ve ever known.
In order to prepare for my action research project, I have been asked what I value. I have wrestled with the question for several days now because there are so many responses. After I wrote down as many values as I could, I abandoned the list and went on with my day. Once I finally put my mind in a relaxed state (while trying to go to sleep, of course), three values emerged, as if in a word cloud with these being the boldest of the possible choices.
I Value Three C’s:
I value creativity. I appreciate the art of thinking in unique ways. School instills conformity, and I’m good at “playing school”, but I apply my different perspectives and experiences in everything I do. The process of creating is the ultimate playground of questioning, problem-solving, brainstorming, visualizing, and pursuing your passion.
I value connections. I love the idea of connectedness and having a network of family, friends, and peers within reach. It is through the act of being transparent and having conversations that I discover commonalities that further connect me to these people. When I learn, I must also make connections. It is through these connections that the new input of information is put into greater context and I remember.
I value curiosity. I like to ask questions and learn from them. Questioning is often what leads to new thinking, and not just solutions. When we question, we engage ourselves in what we are studying to be able to synthesize the information that is coming in and still wanting to know more. This is one of the highest levels of learning, which is precisely why I continue to ask questions and learn in the process.