It's been an interesting past week.
On Monday, a group from Lakeshore S.D. attended a George Couros presentation. There's a lot to say about that, but one thing that resonated was the assertion that we have a responsibility to share what we know/have/can do, and not just to consume.
This applies online as well as "in the world". George used the example of posting on Twitter, and not just lurking.
I've thought a lot about this, and have committed to blogging as a part of my personal learning plan for this year. In the same way as we want our students to write as well as to read, to learn actively and not just passively, we as educators need to incorporate action into our own learning.
I participated in my first Twitter chat last week, #sbgchat. Not sure that I'm in love with the fast flow of info, encouraging superficiality, but it was nice to make connections with some others, and to be able to offer to share what we've learned at Ashern Central School about standards based grading (or outcome based assessment, as we refer to it). Tonight, I emailed a few of those contacts with some information and attachments to help spread the word about this practice.
There was also a happenstance professional growth meeting with one of the teachers in the school today. She happened to be in the building when I was, so we discussed her plan for the year. She too (as many do) has a lot to offer others, and I encouraged her to "put it out there" through Twitter, and/or blogging or by other means. She's considering making this the focus of her plan for the year.
It's not easy to accept that one has much to offer others. Pride may be the root sin of the seven deadly ones, but a false humility is no great virtue. I owe a lot to all of the others that have contributed to my own learning, and perhaps a way to pay that back is to pass it along as opportunities present themselves.