Friday, July 29, 2022

Share Your Learning with Others

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What does it mean to share your learning with others? 

I've noticed that some educators are very good at sharing their beliefs. In other words, they share their philosophy. They might share what they believe about grading, or classroom management, or homework to name a few. And perhaps there can be some benefit to these discussions. But the benefit is limited because beliefs are sometimes entrenched and static. They don't lead to any kind of action or change. These conversations seem to be common in some education circles.

I've also noticed that some educators are very good at sharing their preferences. In other words, they share what they like or don't like. I don't like using technology. I like direct instruction. I don't like to see a cell phone in my classroom. I like to work with certain types of students. It's their preferences, and we all have them. Sometimes people share their preferences in the form of a complaint, and that really doesn't inspire anyone.

Sometimes educators share their methods or their strategies with others. This type of sharing can be really helpful when they have developed skills that are highly effective and can be replicated or implemented by others. I've noticed that some educators are reluctant to learn from what works for someone else. They seem to want to do things their way, even if it isn't the best way.

But the best type of sharing I've observed is when educators share their learning with others. When you share your learning, you are creating a powerful dynamic. You're saying, I used to think this, but now I think this. You might share your beliefs or preferences or methods, but you share how they've updated based on your current learning.

You're setting an example that you're a learner, that your practice is not static or entrenched. You're helping to create an environment in your school that is open to learning and growth. You don't come across as an expert or know-it-all when you share your learning. You're showing humility that you're willing to change. And that's leadership.

Keep learning. Keep sharing. Keep leading.

How do people respond when you share something you're learning? Is your school open to growth and change? Leave a comment below or respond on Facebook or Twitter. I would love to hear from you.

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