I don’t pretend to think that my blog has any reach outside of twitter. As a matter of fact, 98% of my readership is a direct result of it, which is a great thing. However, what often happens is that we tweet and retweet the same information to the same people…the ones that most likely either share the same ideologies or are willing to rethink. In essence, we are preaching to the choir.
While preaching to the choir isn’t a bad thing, I have to wonder what would happen in our classrooms if our twitter postings, chats and blogs reached the overwhelmingly large percentage of educators who are NOT a part “the choir”. More importantly, does “not being connected” mean that you are any less passionate than those of us that are?
I speak to so many educators who have yet to make the leap to connectivity. They’ve never read a single thought of another educator who was not in their building. Most have not joined any network because they have no idea what it’s about or how to get there. It’s pure information overload. In the meantime, there are thousands of postings of amazing ideas that can potentially revitalize even the most out of touch learning environments and unfortunately that information isn’t getting to those classes…to those teachers who NEED to read it and reflect.
About those blog postings of amazing ideas…
If you really want educators to connect with the idea of connecting, give them something to grab on to. In lieu of the next chapter of the “greatest edu/business book ever written”, introduce educators to the thoughts and classrooms of other educators. Bring those amazing blog postings to your staff if staff isn’t going to them. This can be a print or a blast to their devices, but engage the entire school.
Once that window of connectivity is open, continue the tread towards change. Invite those influencers into your school or staff meeting via Google Hangout or even Skype. Have deep conversations with those that are blogging or tweeting about ideas that matter to your campus. Can you imagine the impact on a school when other educators are chiming in to your staff meetings/PLC about how they are challenging their students and how their students are responding?
Once you do that, reflect on it.
“What can we do to bring these ideas into our classrooms and then how can we share the process?”
In the meantime, while adding postings to feedly or bloglovin’, target a few to share at school. If you’re reading this as a teacher, share this idea with your administrator. Share it with a posting that is reflective of your school. Maybe that admin needs the value too.
I’m not saying to force ideas down the throats of those that you work with, however opening the door to deeper thinking can only lead to more of the same.