Isolation is now a choice educators make.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak at Rider University to the Student Education Association (SEA). I spoke to them about the importance of owning your own Professional Learning.
The group was already on the right path before I spoke to them, as they were scheduled to host an Edcamp this past Sunday. Another group of local and active educators who meets during #CoffeeEDU sessions also took the opportunity to schedule a #CoffeeEDU before the Edcamp started (at 7am!)
When I first had the chance to speak to the student group, I gave a quick plug for the very early #CoffeeEDU session. I mentioned that as college students, the 7am Sunday start time was one that they might not make because of other priorities.
I underestimated the students.
They showed up in full force to share, collaborate, and connect at the #CoffeeEDU session, and then again during the Edcamp portion of the day.
It’s great to know that these future educators already understand the importance of being a connected educator. They understand the importance of getting out of their own physical space, from within their own four walls, and finding those willing to share. Some of the credit must go to Dr. Michael Curran, a professor at Rider who teaches a Social Media in Education course. He asks students to connect, to learn from others, and to magnify their learning by sharing. But the fact remains, this next generation of educators just get it.
I was also impressed by the number of active educators who showed up at 7am on a Sunday morning to connect and learn from each other! They understand the importance of taking control of your own professional learning.
So, kudos to these educators and future educators.
Thank you for making it happen.
Thank you for choosing to be connected.