I have been lucky enough to work with some tremendous educators. One teacher I worked with loved naval analogies. When I left one school, he gave me a tremendous book and inscribed it with a quote about how the US Navy judges the size of it's ships by the amount of water it displaced. The first time I read the quote, I thought it was a fat joke. Later, it became clear that he meant it as a compliment.
This master teacher constantly was sharing ideas and discussing ideas. He often stated " A Rising tide ifts all boats."
This is one of the reasons I have come to love twitter and my PLN. The chance to share and steal with other colleagues means so much to me. After attending TSETC with Andrea Mystrena, we became convined of the need to share and colloborate with our collegaues.
We have tried numerous efforts some successul and some unsuccesful. I am proud of the way we have gotten web tools into every weekly principal message. Andrea and I planned a Web Wednesday - where we hosted a web sharng meeting after school. We have hosted 10th pd (we have a 9 period day and pd a play on prof development).
Here is my new idea and new challenge. We need a way to engage more educators and spread the word about the power of twitter. It is too easy to speak to like minded people. I want all of us to send emails to co-workers with the title "I got this from Twitter". Hopefullly by sharing the great resources and the great ideas available we can excite those teachers in our buildings who could enjoy having their pilot light re ignited.
Here is one of the problems; I wanted to call it Word Out Wednesday but #wow is claimed by Opie and Anthony and let's just say we can not afford that confusion. OandA have female fans use that tag on wednesday - awkward. I tried #WW but that is also writer Wednesday.
Do you have any suggestions?
Who on your staff can you reach out to?
What should we call this initative?