I have gotten a lot, and I mean A LOT out of my PLN this year. They have been there to bounce ideas off of, as well as to just listen when I am having a rough time or motivate me and get me re-focused on the task at hand. It has helped make my year a successful one.
This past week, Twitter has made an even bigger impact on me. I guess I shouldn’t say Twitter but rather the connections I have made through it. Our team is planning a staff development, and one of the focuses we are looking at included innovative educational topics and those at the forefront of them. We took to Twitter asking for some help. We wanted to do some informal interviews with some of the educational leaders. The response back has been amazing. We are scheduling Google Hang-outs and Skype calls with Tweeps all over the country. People are giving up their time to help our teachers become even better at what they do.
I cannot wait to see how this turns out…and no matter how many times I say it I know those helping us will not understand how grateful I am that they are there to help make our teachers stronger. Thank you to all of you that have agreed to help!
The end of the school year brings with it many extra “things”. We are not allowed to finish this year without first setting the table for next year. The problem is we lose focus on what is most important…the students and their teachers ending this year. I hear a lot of complaining.
- “This isn’t done.”
- “Why don’t we have this?”
- “There isn’t enough time.”
- “How will this ever get done?”
- “I can’t believe they expect us to do that.”
The list can go on and on. I fall into the trap just as everyone else does. We see the days going by. We are tired, but the finish line is in sight. If only all of these “things” would get done already!
My piece of advice: If you aren’t trying to change it, don’t complain about it. I have been around long enough to know that sitting and complaining about a problem will not bring a solution to it. The only thing that will do is cause more problems because you are bringing all the people around you down as well. One bad seed can spread and eventually choke out all that is good. Focus on what you can change. Work to find solutions. Don’t bring problems to the table unless you have an idea of how to fix them. Discuss the problem, don’t just complain about it.
Don’t worry…I just fell off my soapbox.