Inspiration from Other Educators
The title of my blog post was inspired by a former colleague of mine who I do not get a chance to see very often. But when we do see each other, our discussions always seem to revolve around how we have grown as professionals, what we know now that we didn't know then, and our new understandings that have come from our constant quest to be better educators. Our time together typically leaves me in a reflective mode, while also charging me up to find new opportunities to grow.
Connected Educators Model Lifetime Learning
Thankfully, I have found educational bloggers that also help me with my growing, knowing, and understanding. These bloggers don't necessarily feed me with lesson ideas, teaching strategies, and many of the other important things that an educator would seek in reading a blog. These bloggers instead feed my mind and speak to my soul about the very topics that help educators grow, know, and understand. Many of these topics include mindset, student connectivity, human expectation & motivation, and questioning why we do what we do. Most importantly, they model for me how a growing educator should be a lifetime learner.
Never Be the Smartest Person
The key is to always believe that learning never stops. "Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people … or find a different room.” Why does this quote by Michael Dell, founder of Dell Corp., make so much sense to me? It should make perfect sense to all of us since it reminds us of the important universal message that as humans, we ALWAYS have something more to learn. The moment at which there is nothing more to know could possibly be our last breath. So here is my very short and concise "call to action" to my fellow educators and humans: If you cross your arms and proclaim you have nothing more to learn, then it is time for you to seek another environment in which you can. Never stop learning!
A Small List of Thanks
Thank you Andrew (@hs_math_phys), George (@gcouros), and Pernille (@pernilleripp) for helping me, and thousands of other educators, to understand the importance of never stop reflecting, questioning, and thirsting for knowledge. If this is what we are asking of our students, then why shouldn’t we be modeling it everyday!
Andrew Shauver https://thegeometryteacher.wordpress.com/
George Couros http://georgecouros.ca/blog/
Pernille Ripp http://pernillesripp.com/
About Tina Monteleone: Tina is an educator from New Jersey. She works as a K-8 Educator at Florham Park Public Schools. In her "spare time" she is a professional development presenter and the CoDirector Elect NJASCD-N. You can follow Tina on Twitter (@tinamonte).