|Lead By Example|
Do you have a PLN- Professional Learning Network? Maybe it is just the other two teachers in your school and grade level or subject area. Maybe you don't have anyone. I never realized how important it was until I expanded mine back ten years ago to include those across the state and the world. It is so valuable to me to see what others are doing. I think if we only look at the mirror and out our own windows, we miss the important perspective of how folks do it somewhere else. It is so easy to get in the rut of how we have always done things. This not only hurts us professionally, but it usually hurts the students and the growth of our schools. Is there something you would like to see changed because you saw how much better it was somewhere else? I was involved in a Twitter chat #ALedchat that was focusing on scheduling with a purpose. All schools, especially secondary ones, begin this discussion this time of year. What will the schedule look like next year? I think we have to ask this question: Is our current schedule helping kids or is it just what is convenient for the adults in the building? Please share your thoughts on this topic.
Brandi Caldwell is an educator, tech integration specialist, wife to Marty- also an educator, and mother of three. Brandi spent 13 years in the high school English classroom, and now she teaches teachers how to integrate technology into their lessons.