On Becoming a Teacher/Administrator 2.0

Over the next few days/weeks, I will be blogging about some of the Reform Symposium. I will write about some of the talks, keynotes, and panel discussions.  It was truly a wonderful experience and I am hoping to get some of my thoughts down about some of what I saw/heard.  I will include some of my notes – which will be great because they won’t get “lost” here!

I loved the Action List that was presented by Steve Hargadon at his Keynote address on Sunday morning entitled Teacher 2.0.  I missed the first 30 minutes, but was impressed by what I heard for the last 30 minutes.  I will definitely be listening to his keynote again once the archives are available.

Action List for Being a Lead Learner

1. (Re-)Discover Your Passions

What do you love doing?

What do you love learning about?

I have always prided myself on being a lead learner, or at least I “thought” I was.  I didn’t really realize how much I needed to learn until I began my journey on Twitter a few short weeks ago.  This journey led me to the Reform Symposium, which, in turn, led me to more questions than answers.  I used to have such an active presence online professionally.  I loved exploring new websites, new technologies, new ways of teaching.  All of this made me so excited to be an educator and a leader in education.  I am glad that I have re-discovered this passion.

2.  Build Your Personal Learning Network

What’s the most helpful thing you’ve done?

I have started to build my Personal Learning Network. The most important thing I did to make this happen was to join Twitter.  I can not emphasize this enough!  What a powerful learning tool Twitter is!  I have “met” some amazing educators and leaders in education.  Each day I seem to find more wonderful people to “follow”.  I must say, though, it is a little overwhelming at times.

3.  Become a Part of the Conversation

Write somewhere.

Share Somehow.

I started my blog July 8th as a way to consolidate and reflect on my learning – personally and professionally. It was at this time that I found Twitter. Wow!  I now share my blog on Twitter, on my Facebook page, and on LinkedIn.  I started following some blogs and have orgainzed them through Google Reader. This has allowed me to see when blogs I follow have new posts and then I am able to comment on posts that resonate with me on some level.  

4.  Building Your Personal Web Presence (PWP)

Personal “branding”.

Aggregate your interests, your ideas, and your profile.

Register a domain name.

While I started my blog as a way to reflect on my own learning personally and professionally, I have not done so much on a personal manner: as a parent and as a wannabe photographer.  I would like to share more of myself in this way to really show who I am as a whole person.   

While I feel I am doing well with #1-3,  and getting better at #4, I feel like I have some work to do to be a lead Learner in being a Teacher (Admin) 2.0.  I have come a long way in just a short month though, I think.

5.  Build or Curate a Project

Start to contribute to a wiki.

Start or help build a community.

Host a PD Workshop or “unconference”

I would definitely like to learn more about wikis!

6.  Elevate Your Voice or Career

Speak or present at a training, a conference, or online.

Start a webinar or interview series.

Be a voice for what you value.

Steve also had some great advice that I would like to share:

  • Experiment!  – “Failure is Free”  Steve did this with the Classroom 2.0 Website

Totally agree and I will be doing a LOT of this this coming year!

  • Be Authentic – admit your humanity

Yes!  So important if you want to make real, lasting connections that involve mutual respect and honest.

  • Be Collaborative – NOT competitive

I can’t agree with this more. Too often people compete against one another, instead of share with each other the wonderful things they are doing and the incredible difference they are making in their schools.

  • Be Generous – help, share.  A shift occurred when internet popularity went from Blogging to Social Networking.

I am still overwhelmed and truly thankful for all the wonderful, generous people who shared their thoughts, ideas, insight, and professionalism during the RSCON3. These people, and many many others, continue to share what they are doing, answer questions, provide answers, etc… Amazing educators, learning from one another. Isn’t that what it should be all about?

  • Start! – Find some small way to get involved.

Yes!  Even starting in one small way. Many people who participated in Steve’s keynote said that one small way they contribute is to comment on people’s blog posts. This is a wonderful way to contribute and is appreciated by bloggers everywhere!

  • YOU are Superheros! – Teachers/Educators

Truer words have never been spoken!

Where are you on this journey to becoming a lead Teacher 2.0 learner? (or Admin 2.0)

Administrators: to be the best administrator we can be, I believe that we must remember our roots – we all started as teachers first. We need to keep our feet in the trenches to be truly effective (and respected) leaders.  That is why, to be great 2.0 Administrators, we should be great 2.0 teachers first.  How can we expect these things from our teachers if we are not willing to do them ourselves?

Get out there and start to becoming a lead learner!

Published by Tia M. Dawson

There are many things that define who I am as a person. First of all, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children! I can not express how fortunate we are to have our children in our life! Secondly, I am an elementary educator who recently returned to the classroom after 12+ years as an elementary school administrator. Lastly, I am passionate about helping others, learning about abuse, helping others in abusive relationships, and helping others understand their worth.

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