My post today is inspired from Ben Gilpin's (@benjamingilpin) 'Together We're Better' post from his blog on August 6th!
Being 'connected' undoubtedly looks different depending on who you are, your position in education, how long you've been 'connected' and how much time/energy you put into that connectedness. I honestly can't image not being a connected Principal! What do non-connected educators do?
There have been SO many instances when I've learned from my Twitter PLN, asked them questions,
looked for guidance or suggestions, or just simply shared stories with other Principals doing the same work I am.
About two months ago I started playing around with Voxer and have really enjoyed the amazing conversations and ideas that have come to fruition with this free and simple to use app. Our group started small, a few Assistant Principals and Principals from the Bay Area. The original plan was a book group (Leadership Lessons of the Navy Seals) with a non-educational title, and we have yet to actually talk about the book, hopefully someday we will!
Of course one of the best parts of being connected is connecting with educators who live farther away. Knowing how schools operate and how Principals conduct business outside of our face to face PLN is so valuable. The current chatter has been around Back to School Night and what's done at our different sites, and all I can think about is how much I want ours to CHANGE!
All of the connected educators out there have a duty, get those Principals around you that aren't connected onto the bus. The bus will be more fun, engaging, exciting, better for kids and better for you if we're all connected!
Some of the farther away educators who we Voxer with, thank you for all the knowledge and connectedness, we're Better Together!
Let's Voxer, connect with me!