You are a principal and you have amazing access to see teachers teach, all of the time. Walking in and out of the classroom, seeing what great teachers do, can make you an amazing teacher, even in the role of the principal. Great principals take advantage of this.
Yet the process that I have seen shared with many administrators is that they will see something awesome happen in a classroom, and then they will ask the teacher share that practice with others at the next staff meetings. Sometimes these meetings are two weeks away, sometimes a month, sometimes longer. You may encourage them to share for ten minutes, but then things come up, and ten minutes, becomes five. They share that great practice, and we move onto the next thing.
Or you could do this…
See that amazing thing happening in a classroom and ask the teacher if they can share it. Tweet it to a school hashtag using words, images, or a 30 second video.
Amazing practice, shared right now, to everyone.
This creates both a transparency and an urgency for others to move forward. Still talk and share at your staff days, but this idea is a supplement, not a replacement.
How would we ever expect great practice to become “viral” if we only shared it once every 30 days?
Technology has the ability to amplify and accelerate the amazing things that are happening in your schools. Take advantage.