Here I am ready to host my first twitter chat. Some may think, come on Kristen what’s the big deal? Me on the other hand, well I see the big picture… the one that was built on L.E.G.I.T. relationships. Built on trust. This is a big deal to me. This chat isn’t just a chat for me. It is an affirmation of my growth. It signifies that I have taken myself and I have stretched my own limits. The ones that I bound myself by in my own mind. #TRUST
I thought I used to put myself out there by going to conferences or signing up for local workshops. Going to a conference is great, but let’s get real… it isn’t enough. It isn’t the conference itself that creates a new path for your learning, it’s the relationships you build while attending them and then continue to nurture beyond that point. The conversations that drive you to reconsider your own view point or maybe even your own philosophy. But even then I would find myself returning to school… to my room… to my own little ol’ opinion without ever seeing or talking to those educators ever again.
Fast forward… 2016 became the year that I found myself needing more. So much more in fact that if I didn’t find what it was that I was searching for, I would consider leaving the profession that once filled my cup on a daily basis.
This was the year
… the walls of my own learning broke down.
… that I reached out.
… I found that I had a world of educators waiting in the wings to move forward with me. #LEGITeduRelationships
Twitter itself has been a springboard to so many incredible relationships. Ones of inspiration and of immense respect. This is where I met the foundation to my #PLF (As my friend Tara Martin dubbed it… Professional Learning Family) in #IMMOOC. A Massive Online Community of Educators pushing the mindset to create change for the better. This community was formed around the inspiration and leadership of George Couros, author of Innovator’s Mindset. When IMMOOC came to an end, I had to find myself another book… another group of educators to add to my world… the ones willing to push one another as #IMMOOC did for me. That is when #tlap was sent my way. The fuel to my fire was right in front of me. With one simple Amazon search I had Teach Like A Pirate, written and published by Dave Burgess, in my hands the very next day. This is when the snowball started to roll…
I located my own coordinates on learning and found educators around the world to learn and grow with me. I questioned the coordinates of my students, parents, colleagues, administration, and community… was I meeting them where they were at? I empowered myself to take charge of my own learning. This was when I realized it had to happen for my students too! #30SecondEmpowerPitch was born! Yet, when I had a conversation with an incredible mentor in my life, I found that I was still not there… the place I was looking to be connected to in education. He asked me what my goals were and I didn’t have an answer… I had not created any up to that point! I had hopes and dreams… I had imagined a more powerful way of learning for my students and myself, yet the reality was I had not taken myself serious enough to create a plan… to commit myself to goals. That was when I jumped into another #twitter chat, and this one called me out on my dreams. This chat wanted to know more. Beth Houf and Shelley Burgess, authors of Lead Like A Pirate, questioned what I would be willing to do to make these dreams happen! This was my moment of truth. #LeadLAP
I sat down and gave myself goals. I felt these goals would push me to take risks and continue to ignite my learning along the way.
- Create a book study for my colleagues to reignite and nurture their passion for learning/teaching. #tlap
- Create a personal website with standards to hold myself accountable for connecting with others and building stronger relationships.
- Blog on a regular basis (for me 6-7X/month was huge!) This past month was the first time in 8 months that I had not achieved that goal.
- Enter into #PD that is of value to me and my students.
- Create a class website to empower my students to share their voice beyond our four walls. #30SecondEmpowerPitch
- Read ReAD and READ meaningful books that will create a stronger relationship between myself and my profession.
- Engage in chats with others around the world to push my thinking.
- “Fill buckets” full of thoughts on where I want education to go… create opportunities for all educators and students.
- Build a #PD Lending Library for educators to borrow books (This is getting it’s final touches to be ready for red tape ribbon cutting in the fall… thank you Dave and Shelley Burgess)
- Host a twitter chat #MasteryChat
Tonight I get to check off my last goal just in time to create new ones! Thank you to The Grid Method for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to chat about one of my many passions! Without L.E.G.I.T. Relationships, none of this could have happened! Thank you to my powerful #PLF… my family beyond my four walls. #tlap #LeadLAP #IMMOOC #MasteryChat #4OCF
Shout out to my awesome PLF!