This is sooo sweet with the kids in the background! Have a listen…
Give a little bit? Yup. That’s the theme of this, my last post, of EDTC300. Officially? It’s a post about how I’ve contributed to the learning of others throughout this course. But honestly that makes a bland title. Starting with a great song is so much better, right?!?
“Giving a little bit” was what I did as I interacted with my classmates in EDTC300 as well in other professional spaces. When I look through some of the interactions I had, that I logged here, I realize that my go-to is to encourage my colleagues. Even when I look through my Twitter feed, I see the same trend. For example, I’ve become quite taken with an educator I’ve discovered through Twitter – Kristin Wiens. She puts together visuals that I find incredibly helpful, like this one
I’m a visual learner, so her visuals make my brain light up! And so, my go-to reflex was to let her know…
The great part about putting the good vibes out there, is that they come back! It feels good to know I’ve encouraged her. Working in education is tough slogging at times and if we can reach out with a kind word to one another from time to time, it makes such a difference.
In addition to my contributions on Twitter, on some of the blogs, and on Google+, I had many opportunities to contribute right here in the school I work in, with my colleagues. I’ve posted graphics I love (by Kristin Wiens, of course!) on the staffroom door, introduced teachers and E.A.’s to Web Clipper, Screencastify, SparkPost, SparkVideo, Feedly, AdBlocker, Zoom, among other tools, as well as talked up Twitter as a great resource for all of us educators!
Reflecting on how I’ve contributed to my classmates learning this term, I wish I’d done more. Reflecting further? I’ve been asking myself, why I didn’t. And I think it’s because in addition to being a part of this course, I am working full-time in the classroom and then go home to my own kids. So on the contributing spectrum, I’m on the “kinda maxed out” end. Now to be fair, that does not excuse me from developing and maintaining a healthy PLN (personal learning network), because to be an educator means to accept that “being maxed out” is a risk we must continually learn to manage. Prioritizing our own learning networks requires each of us to treat it as compulsory and integral to our personal and professional development, not as an elective.
However, in the midst of trying to strike this necessary balance in my own life, I also employed yet another one of my mantras (two of mine are mentioned here and here) – “Do what you can do. Perfection is not the goal, participation is.”
And so I participated in contributing to the learning of others (and will continue to do so) because I value the concept even though I won’t do it perfectly all the time. And as I do it, I’ll grow in my capacity to do it better and better.
So it all comes back to the song this post started out with, “Give a little bit”. Giving a little bit is a great place to start and a great place to launch from. That’s my ongoing commitment to contributing to the learning of the folks around me and beyond.
Committed to cheering us all on to…