Day 53 (of 184) communication with thanks to @gcouros @mauimickey @tracyacramer
A couple of years ago, @gcouros posed an interesting query: blogging each day of learning. A couple hundred “days of learning” later and I am continuing to communicate via reflecting on my own days learning. There’s always a lot of learning going on each day, but it wasn’t really until I took the time to blog (aka reflect) that I felt I was doing better job of communicating to myself (and to my family as it wasn’t until very recently that my mom stumbled upon my dads old journals (surprising or not a lot of his thinking & educational issues were very similar: farce of grading, testing, reporting). George has regularly pushed my thinking (and I’m hoping to get his book for my birthday since my wife forbids me to buy anything since my birthday and Christmas are so close together). And again, today he posted this on social media:
And it made me think – especially on the inaugural night of #fgchat (freshgrade chat on eportfolios) where @mauimickey & @tracyacramer did exactly this: they tweeted about how eportfolios communicate student learning (greatly different than reporting achievement). It led to a lot of reading and thinking – about efolios, assessment, education and much more (which good questions should always do to have an impact on learning ).
I love reading blogs and tweets – maybe too much as I am finding I have a self-perceived ‘lack of time for reading books’ (which links to why I hope to get Georges “Innovators Mindset” during winter vacation!!). I especially love ‘repurposing’ Twitter ideas into our own learning environment – learning from a larger PLN to help me help our school do/be better each day.
Communication is vital. As educational leaders we need to “read to lead” but we also need to be mindful of the power in reading-writing connections! Take up Georges challenge – not the blogging one (at least not right away), but the Twitter challenge:
tweet one thing. in your school. each day. and read from others. five minutes. you’ll soon find its not enough time!