Visible Leadership

Friday was a good day.  I got to connect with my PLPeeps and I got to learn. Spending time with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lisa Neale is good time spent.411485153_35d2543d02_o

I have returned to a school after being centrally assigned for four years.  It’s good to be in a school, it’s good to work with students, it’s good to connect with staff and admin but sometimes you just have to feed your soul. Sometimes you just need to connect with like minded folks and remember why you became an educator. Sometimes you need to connect and learn with folk that “get it”.

Friday was one of those days. I was reminded of why I became an educator, I was reinforced in my beliefs as to what I should do as an educator and I was able to connect with folks that “get it”.

In today’s political parlance, I am an oldster. I am someone who is not in the know. But I know better, I am connected, I am a learner and I believe in public education. Take all of our political nonsense away and we have educators who understand what must be done and how we have to do it to ensure that students are connected to learning that is relevant and meaningful for this century.

How cool was it that two wonderful women, grandmothers for that matter, were leading this group through the learning experience that demonstrated how important public education and how important education for the now generation is. I came away feeling rejuvinated, and happy to know that Canadian educators in Ontario just might “get it” and just might be ready to effect the change we need to see now.

Thanks Sheryl and Lisa, I needed this 🙂  PS I found a picture of @snbeach that is awesome 🙂

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Studying Books Virtually

So last night was my first session as moderator of a virtual book study.  I am working with a group of educators from across Ontario who are all interested in becoming more connected.  They are a dedicated group that are willing to take the leap to DIY learning in a virtual environment. We are reading “The Connected Educator:  Learning and Leading in a Digital Age” by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall, so it makes sense that we learn together virtually.

I feel my biggest challenge is to connect with each of the participants and develop a relationship with them so that we can co-construct learning together. Virtual is different, it requires an understanding of silent spaces in conversations, the ability to follow chat and respond accordingly while moving discussion forward logically as we would in face to face learning. I am comfortable in this space, I hope the rest of our group is too.  Next step is to engage the group in online discussion between sessions and I look forward to some rich and reflective discussion.

I know that I am an online learner and engage in my own self directed professional learning, I hope I can convince this group to join me for the ride 🙂