In an attempt to reflect upon and refine my own Twitter use, I recently blogged “A Little Twitter Etiquette: To Tag or Not To Tag”. I tweeted out the blog in an attempt to get feedback and tagged a few people whose opinion I valued. The input I received was invaluable as I continue to try to innovate to become a better teacher and person. I thank everyone who contributed to my learning.
Quite honestly, five years ago I never thought I’d be using Twitter, blogging or creating websites. But something in me changed and I was inspired by the many educators who had taken to social media to freely share their learning, resources, thoughts, ideas and questions. That took courage! So I dipped my toe into the scary waters of social media. I stood in awe as a flood of great information freely came my way. Being on the receiving end of resources was great but I was also being encouraged to share some of my own ideas. Giant leap again!
But I was ready! At the halfway point in my career I needed and wanted more. For the first 10 years of teaching I wished more people would offer to share and I was too proud to ask. In the next 5 years of my career I hoarded my best ideas, lessons and resources. That was wrong. I helped no one but myself. So five years ago, my question became “How am I going share?” I did my research, came up with an idea and had a plan. It was time for action and with that I launched my website Mr. C’s SharesEase where I would freely share my best resources, ideas and lessons. The best part? The website highlighted my students’ work and provided teachers with student exemplars. My students now became empowered as their work started to permeate far beyond the walls of our classroom.
Fast forward to today, where my students are now very much a part of our connected classroom We have created a blog: Mr.C’s SharesEase Blog in which my students and I write to share and explain the happenings within our classroom. We have also become impassioned with using technology to make a positive difference in the world and have created a M.A.D (Make a Difference) Innovation Model to guide us. The top part of the model is SHARE. We believe that if we share our ideas we might truly make a difference.
That said, our model has reflection as a key component to innovation. Last week’s blog and many peoples’ input allowed me to reflect on my practise of sharing. The point was made that: “‘Good work has legs’ it has a momentum of it’s own“. I do agree with this point. But, with the technology we have available to us today and in the spirit of collaboration, why not give good work a little more momentum by leveraging technology to make an even bigger difference? Our ideas are only as good as the people we share them with.