Although I consider myself to be a “connected educator”, there are many days when I feel I’m not actually connected. I’m online, I tweet, I lurk, I share, but very rarely do I step out of my shell and contribute the conversation happening in my online spaces. I am thankful for the opportunities the online world has given me, I’ve gained knowledge at a pace that I could not have matched from my own personal exploration and I have become friends with many local educators I have met on Twitter.
I’ve mastered the art of sharing what I learn by retweeting, collecting resources and taking what I learn “offline”. I am comfortable sharing what I learn with others face to face, with people I know or have had opportunities to get to know. I’m blessed to have personal, real friendships with some pretty awesome and progressive educators. I’m lucky to work in a school district that values the changing face of education and the important role technology can play to improve learning for our students. I’m thankful to have acquired a job where I get to share my learning with others on a regular basis. However, over the past few months I have realized I could do better!
I enrolled in another PLP network course, hoping that maybe it would give me the push I need to take the next step, to realign my goals and to become a “connected contributor”, instead of just an “educator”. As with most things, a little self reflection goes a long way. Surrounding myself with like minded individuals may just be the push I need to take the next plunge. My online world is a magical place, my offline sharing is inspiring. I can’t wait until I master the art of “contributing” and I benefit from the magic that can happen when worlds collide!