The last six weeks of the year always lends teachers time to try new things. Without the anxiety of testing and trying to "get it all in", we sometimes feel more free to explore with students and spend time learning and sharing more things with each other. This year, I decided to try a few new things. With the school year winding down, perhaps you will find the time to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. I'm going to share a few of my personal experiences with you.
I have learned so much with Twitter this school year. My PLN has also grown faster than it ever has in previous years. This is my thirteenth year in education, and it amazes me that there is still so much to learn and do. With Twitter, I am able to login and join various educational discussions, or chats, anytime of the day. I can also go back and read chats that I missed. Through chats, I have learned about many ideas and activities to try and share with students this school year. I have been able to sharpen my skills as a campus leader, and I have met some amazingly talented educators from all over the world.
Through Twitter, I met an amazingly talented and enthusiastic group of teachers from Aldine ISD. (I didn't even know the school district existed.) Who challenged me to blog for 30 days. Blogging is something I have always wanted to dive into, but I never did. It simply sat on the back burner. I was surprised at how easy it was to simply start.
This is another idea I received via Twitter. While participating in a monthly Twitter chat with TABSE, I was introduced to this idea. After researching what it was, I knew I would enjoy it. The idea of sitting with other teachers to share ideas and resources will never get old. Edcamp is an "unconference" experience for educators. There is no preplanned schedule, no preset agenda, and no vendors on site. Everything that will be learned is decided the day of the event by the attendees. I drove to Houston for Edcamp Houston, and I was hooked. Now, along with others in my area, we are gearing up for Edcamp Southwest Dallas. I love all things Edcamp!
There's still time to try something new. What are you waiting for?