Reading the book, “The Innovator’s Mindset” by George Couros and participating in the IMMOOC has made me realize even more how important it is to look outside the four walls of my classroom. Taking the time to share, connect, collaborate, and reflect can impact teachers and students in ways that cannot be replicated.
When we share what happens in our classrooms, not only do other teachers benefit but so do their students! I saw this in action last week, after posting on Twitter about some Halloween songs my string students were learning. A Twitter friend commented, asking if I would mind sharing the songs. After a few correspondences we ended up with a Flipgrid topic dedicated to Halloween songs that both of our students were contributing to. My students were thrilled when they realized they were sharing their music with students outside of our county! Working together, both sets of students benefited more than if we had worked alone.
“What really pushes our thinking is not consuming information, but reflecting, creating, and sharing our ideas with the understanding that others will read it.” ~ George Couros, The Innovator’s Mindset
Couros also talks about the benefits of writing and reflecting. I can’t agree with this enough. Blogging has been a game changer. The act of intentional thought and putting “pen to paper” (fingers to keyboard?) has made me think more deeply about my teaching than I have in a long time. In fact, it’s a topic I recently wrote about as a guest blog for EdTechTeam. I have only been blogging for a few months, but I know it’s something I plan to continue doing. The benefits to me are great and I hope that others might also benefit along the way!