Thursday, January 26, 2012

Biggest Staffroom In The World

"Social media allows the creation and exchange of user-generated content. Social media is media for social interaction as a superset beyond social communication. Enabled by ubiquitously accessible and scalable communication techniques, social media has substantially changed the way organizations, communities, and individuals communicate." (quote from Wikipedia)

So - if this is all available anywhere and at any time, why are there still so many teachers who haven't joined the biggest staffroom in the world?

Got a question about assessment/learning styles/class layout/student teachers/promotions etc. and want a frank, experienced or even fresh answer? Use social media! No need to look inside the 4 walls of your own school - step outside the walls and dive into social media to explore what others think, feel and know!

Quite honestly, I am blessed to teach with a large and incredibly inspiring staff and our staffroom is rich with conversation, challenge and discussions. But I also have a bigger staff in a staffroom without walls and they are my PLN - their opinions and ideas are thought-provoking, their advice is supportive, their experience adds up to decades (probably centuries collectively!) They collaborate naturally, think broadly and challenge deeply. They hold me accountable and also value my ideas and opinions.

Doesn't that sound like the perfect staffroom to you?!

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