Ok PLN, its time to enlist your help with a project I am working on. Let me tell you about it…
I am working on creating a document for first year teachers to help them with their transition into our wonderful profession. This document will serve a few purposes:
A) Provide guidance to new teachers in many areas of their job.
B) Provide insight from many educators, in many positions, in many different schools, in many different cities, provinces/states and countries.
C) Provide a clear picture of the power of PLN’s/Twitter/Social Media as a Perpetual Professional Development tool.
What I need from you is very simple – Answer this question:
“If you could tell a new teacher one piece of advice as they enter the profession, what would it be?”
Here are a few guidelines/important information
- Don’t read other people’s responses until after you provide your own. I don’t want the topic to head in one direction, but rather organically touch on all areas of teaching
- Any advice is good advice, even if it doesn’t refer to something in the classroom. One of my profs at the University of Victoria told me “Don’t make any major purchases like a house or car in your first year, you don’t want to have to stay in a job you don’t like just to pay off a major purchase. Wait and make sure you love teaching before you commit to something like that.” Great advice, of course I didn’t listen, and bought a car the week before my first job.
- Keep it fairly brief, if possible, as I hope to collect many insights and share as many of them as possible.
- I will not be looking to make any money from what you share with me. I am not preparing to write a book or publish an article, but rather just want to collect the information and share it with any new teacher that would benefit from it.
By collecting this information from the people in my PLN, I hope to show young teachers just how powerful Twitter and Social Media can be in their ongoing professional development. I plan on reaching out to some specific people that I have interacted with in my career, or people whose name may be easily recognized, but most of the information will come from those of you I have connected with on Twitter and through my blog.
Once all of the information has been collected, I am certain that the advice will naturally fall into some certain categories. I hope to collect the information over the next few months, organize it before the end of the school year and then have it readily available before the end of the summer, for all those young teachers heading out on their first job in August/September.
I will provide for you one example that I have already collected, as I feel it is both inspiring and timely. I feel very lucky that I was able to collect this quote, as this gentleman was kind enough to include it when he signed my copy of his book.
“Celebrate the art of imagination” – Sir Ken Robinson
I thank you in advance for your assistance and contribution to my project. I will be sure to make it available to everyone in my PLN when it is completed, so you too can pass on this advice to new teachers in your buildings, your divisions or your PLN’s.