Buhler High School
An interesting proposition was casually thrown out this evening by a colleague. “We should write a book,” he said to another teacher and me. It was a throw-away comment, sort of, but it got me thinking. “We really should write a book.”
I work with amazing people. Every time we sit down and talk PLNs, literature, reading, writing, football or anything else, I learn something. Our minds start turning and possibilities blossom. New ideas spring up, and old ones are dusted off and turned upside down. Sometimes, the ideas grow and develop into their own brands of awesomeness; sometimes, the ideas spiral into something less awesome, but still worth the thought because they lead down different roads.
As teachers, too often, we let our door close and try to “do our thing” in isolation. I have been guilty of that at times in my career. I was blessed a few years ago to be introduced to the idea of a PLN, or professional learning network. I met incredible teachers from across the state. Then I discovered what Twitter could do for a PLN, and for my teaching. Twitter has taken my PLN from my hallway, beyond my district, across state lines, and around the globe. I do not have to attend a conference to meet teachers from outside my box and learn from them. All I need to do is log in to Tweetdeck and scroll over to one of my favorite #s. Inspiration. Motivation. Innovation. Knowledge. Hope. Passion. It is all at my fingertips, and the network grows daily. My opportunity to improve grows by the minute.
Not only that, but my opportunities to impact my kids’ learning and perception grow at that same astonishing rate. I can instantly share the impressive work of my students, live if I remember to pull out my phone. My students have used Twitter to collect research and gather data. They argue over who posted an important line from our reading first. Then they argue over what it might mean. They @ me with comments about symbolism in TV shows. An internationally-known poet has commented on the work of my students. All of this has made an impact.
Isn’t that what we want in the end, after all, to make a positive impact, on ourselves, and, most importantly, on our kids? Those impacts are what people write books about.