How do YOU take responsibility for your own learning? How do YOU continuously grow the gap between what you know and what you do? How often do YOU think about your own art of teaching? What do YOU do as a result of those thoughts? These are questions that I ask when interviewing and searching for the best of the best. Many candidates respond with a blank stare and struggle with recalling the last educational article, book, or video they’ve read or watched.
Great teachers take responsibility for their own learning and do not wait for their district to tell them when and what to learn. Most school districts are limited to five professional development days throughout the school year and I believe to be the very best, critical, creative, and reflective thinking must happen daily. If learning is a consequence of thinking, then think. Our students are depending on you.
How would YOU respond to such questions? If you find it difficult, then it’s time to change the way YOU learn.
“Change how you learn first. Once you change, you won’t be able to go back to teaching the same old way.” ~ Stephen Downes
Please comment and list those connected educators who not only cause you to think daily, but many times differently. As summer approaches, it’s time we fortify and strengthen our own PLN.