I have been on Twitter for a few years now, but have only been actively engaged for about the last 11 months. Throughout that time I have learned and connected with a number of amazing leaders and administrators. Twitter has helped to connect me with some of the best PD I have ever had. I had the opportunity to chair a session led by George Couros at the last NCTCA and we had a good discussion after the presentation about moving from being a lurker to an active contributor to the digital discussion.
I haven’t really moved past that. I know the reasons for getting more into the mix, but just haven’t taken that step. Lately I’ve been thinking about that quite a bit as I venture into the learning even further with the Leadership20 webinar series in which I have been taking part. I could make lots of excuses, but it really boils down to two things – Time and Value.
I see people posting great ideas and links and contributing to debates and they seem to be on all day, always with something insightful to say, or add. There are hours and hours each day where I don’t even have a chance to look at Twitter, or read blogs, or follow links. By the time I get to read something interesting, it’s usually been posted and reposted numerous times.
When I say value it ties directly to Time – my input is usually well after the fact, and has lost value in an already lengthy discussion.
I think that so much of this, like most things we do, can be tied back to the classrooms we are in, or up until recently were teachers in. There are many types of students in our classes, there are those who have something to say in response to everything mentioned in the class. They contribute good ideas all the time and are quick to offer ideas and suggestions. There are also those students that rarely put up their hand, or offer an idea. Neither can be accused of being a better student than the other. As teachers we value each student and the qualities they bring to the milieu of the classroom. Those that constantly are at the forefront because they are vocal with their input get more attention, but don’t necessarily have better ideas.
I guess I am asking for patience and understanding from those people who are the active contributors. I am still thrilled with the learning that happens in the network I feel I am part of and hope to continue to learn from for a long time. As I progress as a leader and as a learner, I will offer the occasional insight/point/post/idea/rebuttal, but don’t see myself jumping in with both feet.