Before March of this year, I had never even thought of blogging about my professional experiences or opinions. I had briefly considered blogging about my parenting experiences. As a mother of four, there are some things I feel I could say, funny stories, silliness and some serious topics. But I had never ventured past the initial thought process.
Then at our teachers convention in March a session titled, “The Networked Leader” caught my attention. I had heard about twitter, but didn’t feel that following celebrities would impact my teaching. :) Blogging was in the session description as well. So, I went…
In the end, I dove into the world of twitter and blogging. And I love it (mostly).
I find myself struggling to write meaningful posts. It is easy to write reflective pieces about my experiences, but the posts with opinion and fact are more difficult. And I am haunted by a statement the presenter of the session (the infamous George Couros @gcouros) made. He said, as admin if you have nothing to say, get out of admin. Now, he went on to qualify that statement and it totally made sense to me. He also wrote about it in his post, “The Prophets in Your Land”
However, I continued to struggle to find “something to say.”
This process has forced me to reflect on my leadership style. How can I make a meaningful difference at a school if I have nothing to say? How can I effectively run a school if I have nothing to say? So I forced myself to consciously notice when I “say something.” Through this process, I discovered that I do “say” a lot and have a lot to offer to students and teachers. Also, moving from my school, my students and staff provided many examples of ways that I “say” things and meaningful examples of what I said.
I attempt to take a gentle and coach-like approach. I take the time to think about the best approach of how I can best support and encourage , rather than tell students and staff “the right way” to do things. I provide suggestions, articles, research, and support. I have never said, I have all the right answers, but I will assist in finding the answers. I enjoy this part of my job. I feel that anyway I can help make the job of a teacher easier or more efficient, it is worth my time.
So, I guess I do have something to say. Maybe my struggle was more with how to put it out there. I value and respect my colleagues, within my district, city, province and now PLN. My hope is that they find value in what I have to “say.”