14 Comments

  1. @keelygriffiths

    I couldn’t agree more! After all that’s why I am now involved with Twitter etc. The more teachers I can help, the more children – and THAT is why I became a teacher in the first place!

  2. kurtishewson

    Couldn't agree more – as educators, I believe we have an obligation to "go out" (physically or digitally) to share what works for students, teachers and schools. I've really tried to impart to our students entering the Faculty of Education (University of Lethbridge) the importance of collaboration and collective sharing to improve classroom practice for all. Just as in schools we want educators sharing between classrooms, we also need educators who can extend beyond the walls of the school to reciprocally share and learn from others. Yet another reason that the establishment of PLN's can have a sizable impact on the learning that happens for students everyday. Great post George!

    • georgecouros

      It can have a HUGE impact and I really believe we need to leverage it now that we know that it exists. Thanks for your comment Kurtis! Hope all is well.

  3. Bill Owen

    Hello George,

    Thank you for sharing … We never know how our actions that we share with others will impact fellow people – learners and teachers. We also never know when sharing will come back to have an impact on ourselves. I agree that just because we do not 'know' what the impact will be does not provide an excuse for not engaging openly.

    Bill

    • georgecouros

      Bill…that is a great point. I think we just need to make the assumption it will make a difference :)

      Thanks for your comment!

  4. Jeffery Heil

    Not only is your post topical for me. . .I'm trying to convince a small cohort of UCSD/CSUSM joint doctoral program students the value of a PLN. Their unfamiliarity with the use of social media as a powerful learning/collaborative tool coupled with some of their fear of "putting themselves out there," has seemed to paralyze their ability to cultivate their PLN. . .I will definitely share this with them.
    And, I was also just reading about highlighter.com and I noticed you embedded the highlighter tool into your blog. . .Thanks for being such a powerful source of inspiration to my PLN.
    peace,
    jeff

  5. Tara Burvill

    Absolutely this is not a competition its simply being the best coach we can to our students. Sharing is away we can begin to do this.

  6. I'm giving a talk on sharing for teachers at the end of the month and I'll be sharing this post. I keep hearing the phrase, "all means all" But I think many are limited that to the students in their classrooms, perhaps their schools and maybe their districts. Few consider it a responsibility and opportunity to reach more.

  7. missgreer

    Great post! I have your third paragraph clipped and ready to share with a few colleagues who often state that they have "nothing important to say online". That paragraph perfectly articulates an idea for which I haven't been able to find the right words. I share to reflect out loud. Sometimes, I find the posts that I pour my heart and time and energy into are the ones that only a handful of people read, while some of my quicker how-to posts get attention. I don't mind. For me, the practice of sharing is about reflecting on "paper" and putting it out there where others can read and respond. Public reflection helps keep me honest with myself and in touch with my teaching practices and beliefs about children and learning. Thanks again for this thoughtful post. You share => I reflect.

  8. Do you care if I quote your article on my Wiki Site? I think your writing would suit my readers perfectly. Well, thanks for writing this.

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