Thanks to 21st century resources, long-gone are the days when teachers had to wait around for admin-organized professional development and growing opportunities. And becoming a real leader in the education world is simpler than you might think. Here are 3 ways you can make a big difference without carving out too much of your limited time!
Moderate a Twitter Chat
We’ve written before about fabulous Twitter chats. What we didn’t know until recently was that #5thchat shares the moderation job! (And we’re pretty sure that if you offered to do the job once for another chat you love, they’d be thrilled)!
— Paul Solarz (@PaulSolarz) March 24, 2015
Moderating is as simple as preparing 5-8 conversation-provoking questions, welcoming and calling Twitter users to the chat, posting/responding to questions, and maintaining the chat’s pace. I moderated my first chat this last Tuesday–not only was it a remarkably rewarding hour spent, but I was able to learn from and connect with dozens of new like-minded teachers across the country!
Organize an EdCamp
Labeled an un-conference, Edcamps remind me of Twitter chats–only in person. Passionate educators come together without prepackaged keynotes, distracting vendors, or hefty fees–they decide together on topics and sessions the day-of. It’s authentic idea-sharing among educators at its best! Anyone can request an Edcamp-in-a-box to organize an edcamp in their area, too! Just submit your application during the four open windows each year (March 1-15, June 1-15, September 1-15, December 1-15) to receive a box of nametags, post-it’s, guidelines, and more.
Have an amazing idea but don’t want the burden of maintaining your own blog right now? A great solution is to submit a blog post for another educational blog, such as Edutopia, EdTechReview, or yours truly! These blogs will usually work with you to help with the editing process to create a high-quality piece that will allow your voice to be heard around the world.
What are some of your favorite #edleadership experiences?
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