I've heard it said that Twitter is like a flowing river. It's impossible to catch all the water. You reach in when you can to fill up your cup. I'm not exactly sure where I heard this, but it captures what Twitter is for me. When I first started on Twitter, I was overwhelmed by the shear quantity of information and possible connections. I developed a bit of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). Slowly I began to let go of my expectations and dip my cup when I needed that re-fueling/refreshing from my PLN.
This past Saturday I dipped my cup in at a rather serendipitous time. I noticed a challenge from @mrfusco to complete #5posts5days. I have felt the need to get back to blogging and this was just the nudge I needed. Carlo's first blog asks, 'Why blog?' and this ties in perfectly with the ideas I wanted to share today.
I blog because spending a few minutes focusing on one small aspect of teaching, leading, learning helps me to refocus on what I hold dear. In the fast pace of daily life as an educator, it's easy to get wrapped up in the 'to-do' list. Blogging helps me reflect on what's working, why it's working, and what needs to change. It's for me. I don't write for an audience (maybe I should), but as a means of fleshing out the ideas floating around in my head. So what's in my head today?
Here is what's whirling around in my mind.
I keep coming back to this paragraph that I read in Thomas Friedman's latest book Thank You for Being Late. Ever since my teaching experience in China I am fascinated with 21st century competencies in light of globalization. What's really going on in the world around us? What might the world of tomorrow look like for our students? How does this impact education? This book addresses many of these questions and so much more.
Here is the paragraph I keep coming back to:
"Knowledge is only good if you can reflect on it". -> AMEN!
Dismiss your FOMO thoughts.
Let things ruminate.
Be patient ... with yourself ... with others.
Embrace moments of unexpected delay.
Be in the now.
Slow down in order to deepen relationships.
What does this mean for my practice?
Learning needs room to breathe. Give it the space and time it needs to settle in. Provide more opportunities for genuine reflection.
It's okay to 'miss out' on some things, so other things can flourish. Tune in to priorities.
Be in relationship with others. This makes us who we are as humans. This is why I love being an educator. The ability to form connections with others- to inspire, to care, to listen, to share. Let this be the guide.
I have now finished Part I of this book and think it would make an incredible book club for educators. Friedman has a way of weaving stories and observations together that brings clarity to perspectives explored. Any takers? I'd love to PAUSE and REFLECT with others!