It was probably due to procrastination (as I should be studying for my comprehensive final), but I sat and read my autographed copy of George Couros's The Innovator's Mindset today from cover to cover. As I read, I made sure I was following everyone he mentioned on Twitter, and I watched every video he recommended. After posting on Facebook that his book inspired me to write a blog post, I pulled out my study material. BUT, now here I am... blogging instead of studying... procrastinating again...:)...
George writes about the power of keeping a blog by mentioning the article, Why Even the Worst Bloggers Make Us Smarter, by Clive Thompson. George and Thompson believe that though our writing may not measure up to that of Shakespeare, the power of writing has changed the way we process information. Our understanding of topics can be accelerated by reflecting, creating, and sharing our thinking with an audience. If we want students and teachers to actively participate and share ideas with the world, it needs to be modeled by the leader first. This is an idea I definitely believe!
For the students and teachers that feel as if their work is not good enough to share, George asks, "Well then, how are you meeting the needs of your students?" Don't sell yourself short! The work you do and the ideas you share have the capacity to impact not only your students, but learners around the world. Derek Siver's short video, Obvious to You, Amazing to Others, is highlighted in George's book. It has a great message!
Blogging is one method of sharing, but also consider building your professional learning network on Twitter. I find the topics I am most interested in learning about are trending on Twitter. George reminds us that you don't have to read everything on Twitter. If you make time to be in the space, the best ideas will make their way to you.
Sharing creates an open culture, which can promote collaboration and competition. These terms in isolation can have a negative connotation, but when they work together and put the learner first, competitive collaboration encourages us all to grow and succeed together.