So what is a connected classroom and how do I get my classroom connected? These two questions seem to be common for many educators today. More and more teachers are seeking to build and maintain connections in their classrooms. Establishing a connected classroom doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen without grit and perseverance.
I hope you’re still with me because being a part of a connected classroom gives the learners (and I am including us as learners) a greater purpose and authenticity in our work, it motivates us and it pushes our thinking.
You may be familiar with this quote~
There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.
We know this is true for adults who have many years of experience, but let’s think about our studens who are just beginning to experience life. Their schema is limited, limited by the people they are surrounded by. What they learn and how they think is based on the community in which they live and go to school. As we prepare our students to be leaders of our communities we know their professional communities will reach far beyond the limits of our classrooms, our schools and even the communities in which they live. Knowing this, as professional educators, we can’t stand unconnected in our professional lives. Not if we are preparing learners to be members of the global community in which they are living.
The journey of being a connected educator begins with the teacher. I am not a spokes person for Twitter, but I would be remiss not to share the brawn of Twitter in becoming connected. I know many people at this point begin to nod or curl a lip. Don’t worry I am not talking about twitter like my teenagers use twitter. I am talking about following other educators and their classrooms.
In my first job I had an employer give me this advice,
“Always surround yourself with people you want to be like.”
This advice has served me well in so many instances and it couldn’t be more suited here. If you want to be a connected educator, follow connected educators and their classrooms. Follow their blogs, their thinking and their journeys. Connected educators share all this and more on twitter. They share tools, struggles and celebrations and they do it for FREE and they do it for OUR kids! Connected educators are immersed in the voyage and they know the challenges, they are living them, they are overcoming them and they are sharing it all on Twitter!