Learning Is A Consequence of Thinking

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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.

15 comments for “Learning Is A Consequence of Thinking

  1. May 31, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Thanks for inspiring thought once again, Shawn. The Internet has given me, a busy mom, tremendous power to institute a daily routine of learning. I usually read and write for about an hour a day. I typically read blog posts from many wonderful educators that I follow, and write about school life issues and initiatives. I also sign up to give presentations now and then, and I find that those presentations prompt me to read the best books related to the topic. Finally, I’ve engaged some worthwhile online chats about ed topics and books which have spurred further reading, writing, and thought. Prior to having a lap top nearby, I wasn’t able to propel my own professional learning in the ways I’m able to today. That learning has served to develop my teaching craft and classroom work exponentially.

    • Shawn Blankenship
      June 1, 2013 at 2:32 am

      Maureen, thank you for commenting as you are one of the voices within my PLN that I trust and listen to most. You and I think alike and as we already know, twitter can sometimes be compared to a waterfall. I always pause the stream to read your tweets! My next post will talk about the importance of creating a diversified PLN that includes those educators who you know you can trust and expect a honest and straightforward answer to any question.

      Just as a master schedule reveals one’s priorities, so does a person’s daily schedule. It’s important to set aside time to write/read/reflect/learn/think/grow and connect with educators all over the world. I have often said, the 5 people who influence me the most and on a daily basis…. I have never met. I hope to meet you one day face to face. Until then, stay connected. Shawn

  2. Eva Harvell
    May 31, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Eric Sheninger
    Lyn Hilt

    I want to fill my PLN with innovative leaders / educators!

  3. May 31, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    John T. Spencer
    Steven Katz
    Andrew Campbell
    Shira Leibowitz

  4. Shawn Blankenship
    June 1, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Eva, thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. I too follow both Eric and Lyn. Lyn has challenged me to think differently in many different spaces… Google+ Hangout… through her blog posts… and through 140 characters on Twitter. It’s great that you fill your PLN with innovative leaders and be sure to follow those that cause you to think differently as well. Sometimes I learn just as much or more from these educators as they cause me to rethink or confirm my original belief. Thanks again for the comment and I look forward to following and learning from you in the future. Shawn

  5. Shawn Blankenship
    June 1, 2013 at 2:17 am

    Sue, I am so glad you not only read, but took the time to comment and provide a few names of connected educators who challenge you to think. Two of the names you mentioned I currently do not follow. Because of you taking the time to comment, I have now strengthened my PLN. Thank you and I look forward to thinking, learning, and growing with you in the future. Stay connected, Shawn

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