The Sun Rises on a New Year

This time of year is all about new beginnings – reflecting on last year, and thinking about how best to move forward.

In 2014, I want to move further out of the echo chamber.  I feel very safe exchanging ideas with my PLN – and that is not where real change needs to happen.

I spend a lot of time in the safety of my online peers.  This has made me far less aware of where my beliefs sit with those who don’t exist in this space where we learn and share 24/7.  I know I need to work much harder on reaching out to the educators who are working in isolation. Their voices are critical to our learning.

I know I also need to spend more time working with our parents, and those outside of the K-12 education system.  The schools that exist in their memories are not the best models for today’s children.  

I want to share with you the video that best helps me to remember what is important, and the question to focus on as we work to do the right thing for our kids.

(Seth Godin, Stop Stealing Dreams (What Are Schools For?) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXpbONjV1Jc )

When the needs of our children are at the centre of our thinking, we are moving in the right direction.

Thank you to everyone who engaged in conversations with me through this blog in 2013.  Let’s continue to connect and challenge each other to do the very best we can for our learners in 2014.

Sharing your learning is how we all move forward in our thinking.

All the best in 2014.

 

Further reading:  Connected Principals: Quiet and Submissive http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/9883

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