As leaders we are faced each day with the task of helping teachers be better, better for our kids and better for each other. We all want the very best teacher in front of our students as we do this demanding work each and every day. How can we, as model leaders, gently lead teachers to a wealth of resources that will make them better, faster?
The answer to this, I believe, is helping teachers build a Professional Learning Network in Twitter. In 140 characters they can get connected with like minded (or maybe not so like minded) educators going through some of the same struggles that they are. They can find resources, ideas, and learn about positive trends in education today. How can principals accomplish this? Principals can lead teachers to this understanding by building their own PLN and sharing the value of this wealth of knowledge with the staff.
How can you help teachers do this?
We host a weekly Twitter Chat for our district. We like to highlight authors and their books. Here is a calendar of all upcoming chats .
We purchase copies of the books and do a drawing each week from participants on the chat. Another exciting practice we have used with the Twitter chats is to collaborate with a district in another state around a specific topic. It is our goal next year to do a chat each week with a school or district from a different state. Would your district be interested in joining us for a collaborative chat next year? Let us know because we are beginning to plan the calendar!
There is literally a world of learning at our fingertips using only 140 characters to convey research, ideas, and knowledge along with encouragement and even possibly, new friendships. What are you waiting for? As a leader help your staff make the move. Gently lead them into the land of Twitter.