Day 40 (of 184) connections
How important can connections be? In discussions around creativity we (as a district team looking at what a ‘creativity competenc’ could look like) talk about a powerful piece of creativity is making connections – and in particular, making new connections.
In ‘hiring mode’ I always love seeing interviewees make connections during the process
– to geography (where educators have taught can be very connecting – and most significantly my belief that almost every BC educator is only three degrees from Lilllooet – my home town)
– to people (ranging from who you have worked with and know personally, to who you’ve seen present at a workshop, to who is in your PLN – most importantly on twitter)
– to places (I always love to hear the trek people make on their education journey – and alumni of mine should recognize the clue within these parenthesis!)
– and of course connections to the environment they are applying to – ranging from having been ‘in’ the school or having explored it virtually or through discussions.
Sometimes connections lead to serendipitous moments – a connection I made at Connecting Leaders (and in large part through twitter) is leading to greater discussions and work on assessment and reporting methodology. But this moment could not have occurred without an odd sort of connections occurring: twitter + connecting leaders + opting to my presentation rather than the keynote follow up + earlier discussions about reporting …etc
Sometimes it’s the right time for a connection to flourish in education. But it’s definitely a combination of connecting the right person with the right job description at the right time….and (frustratingly) there can be multiple ‘best result’ possibilities, but only one can be chosen!! (Till the next connection opportunity!)