Kristi's Korner

December 14, 2015

Quote of the Week

Once you stop learning, you start dying.

--Albert Einstein


I think I have spoken of the 10,000 hour rule in these pages before. It is the principle put forth by Malcolm Gladwell that to become very good in any field it requires 10,000 hours of deliberate practice. From my calculations for teachers, that would be about 7 years. I took every bit of those to develop my craft. However, all that I have learned in the first 21 years is nothing compared to my learning in the past two and a half years in this position. My learning curve has been tremendous and it has absolutely nothing to do with me, but actually with all of you. As I.S., I have the opportunity daily to observe and absorb all the great things you do not only through classroom observations but also daily conversations. I get my own personal pd sessions each and every day.

Now all of that is great for me, but apparently it is not always just about me. While your work day will not necessarily afford such constant pd, you can have access to great professional development beyond the handful of days earmarked by the district. There are multiple ways to become a connected learner. Some are old-school just by reaching out and making connections with fellow teachers in the district. Some I could help you with. "Hey, I would love to see how someone blah, blah, blah." We are always getting emails from I.S's asking things like, "Do you have any first grade teachers that do a great job with close reading?" or "Do you have a fifth grade teacher that uses math talk?" Sometimes you might just want to go next door and see what your neighbor is doing. I can make that happen too.

There is also something that I want you to consider diving into that has opened education up to global learning and that is twitter. It allows you to have your own personal professional development 24/7 on the couch, in line at Target, just anywhere. It is individualized. It lasts as long as you need it to. I cannot speak highly enough of how this learning tool has helped me to grow.

This open forum for sharing is revolutionizing many different areas. In the past, artists were worried about copyright. No more. Artists want their work to be dabbled with. While we watched tv, the kids of today are making tv. This has led to crowd accelerated innovation which has led to higher standards for success. Dance is an area that has made amazing growth. Channels like Youtube and Twitter has allowed people who share a common interest to see what others are doing in the same field and improve upon it.

One last thing to think about, yes I am almost done, is that success in any field is not about how much you know but how much you have access to what other people know and are willing to learn from. Thank you for making me better.

News and Notes

**PLC's on December 15: Have all post-data for Quarter 2 smart goals ready to enter (ELA and Math)

**Buddy Day on December 18: Meet with your buddy class from 9:00-9:45. Doing something around the theme of "Celebrating the Gift of Friendship".

PD on the Couch

Blog Post on the Need for Education Innovation:

(If you watch the video, look at how parts of it are already outdated.)

What will you do to inspire hope:

Twitter 101: