Archive for February, 2014

 

Twitter

The other night, I had a conversation with a superintendent and principal from another school district about all of their administrators and many of their teachers being on twitter.  We talked about being on twitter and how they have all grown as professionals.  We talked about the advantages of all of them being connected.  We talked about the process of getting others to be connected through twitter and how some people are hesitant while others are not.

This is the text of an email I sent to all the other administrators in my district.

I have talked about this before in our Admin. Meetings, but I want to take one more opportunity to get out the message about the benefits of our administrators being on Twitter.

It is a great place for each of us to find information that we can use in our respective schools and departments.  It is also a great place of each of us to share information for others to benefit from what we are doing and what we know.   Twitter is a great place to tell everybody about all the good things that are happening at our schools and district.

 

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I think the most important part of this all, is that by being on Twitter, we would grow as professionals.  By growing, we are able to help our students, teachers, schools, and the world.

We would be leading by example.  Our teachers (and maybe some of us), I think, don’t value professional development in its current state because it is, in most cases, a one-size-fits-all approach.  Twitter can change this if we let it.  If we model this approach to professional development, then our teachers will see that we care about learning and then they may start caring a little more about learning.  Then our students will benefit and they may also start caring a little more about learning.

If this happens, our schools and our district will only get better.

If you are interested, I’ll help you however I can.  If not, please let me know and I won’t bother you anymore about this.

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How many of you are actively and regularly using twitter and /or some other form of social media for professional development and growth?  If not, I would like to highly encourage you to use any or all of these tools for your personal professional development.

Personal professional development is one area that all of us can improve on. We need to be a positive example for everybody in the district, an example not only for the other professionals but also for the students. When you model learning the students can begin to value learning more. This will only help to make our schools better. If we can model this type of professional growth to the teachers and students at the other campuses then when these students get to high school, the transition to our types of learning expectations will be easier and will make it better for all.

self-reflection

As we prepare to transition in Texas to the new graduation plans with endorsements, this is a perfect time for all of us to reflect on our own practices, our own teaching styles, our classes we’ve always taught, our willingness to accept new classes to teach and make a conscious decision to embrace new challenges and to take on more responsibility in our own professional growth.   All the while understanding that the educational system we’ve all grown so accustomed to is changing, our students are changing, and that we must begin to change our views as well (even though we are all reluctant to do so).