Sharing is caring

Around six months ago, I jumped into the sometimes crazy, truly educational, definitely addictive, wonderful learning community that is Twitter.  I had opened an account a few months prior, but didn’t do much with it at first.  I am forever grateful to the everyone I have met, for they have challenged my thinking and helped me grow in countless ways.  Here are a few things that I have learned more about thanks to Twitter:

  • genius hour
  • flipped learning
  • technology integration
  • edcamp
  • augmented reality
  • standards based grading
  • motivation
  • engagement
  • blogging
  • great books to read
and the list goes on…
But one of the biggest lessons that Twitter has taught me is the importance of sharing.  All of these people that I follow selflessly share everyday.  They share their thoughts, ideas, successes, and inspirations.  They share their frustrations, problems, and failures.  At first, I was not eager to be so open about my world.  I was not confident that my ideas could possibly help anyone else.
Then it happened and my world changed.  I had been lurking in several edchats and finally (with a nudge from my husband) jumped into the conversation.  I not only realized that I could learn more from being part of the conversation but also that I could contribute in a positive way.  There are times that I feel underwater because the conversations are flying so quickly, and times that I am uncomfortable because the topic is something new to me.  But the discomfort is paired with an excitement that cannot be matched.  It is the excitement of expanding my world, learning something new, and the prospect of using it in my classroom.  And then there is a calm…because I know if I need any support, my PLN will be there with answers, examples, and a helping hand.  The more I give, the more I get back.
Sharing is caring about others, your students, your school, and your personal learning!  I can’t wait to look back at the list I created above a year from now and see what new wonderful things are on the horizon.  Here’s to new adventures, trial and error, and sharing about it so we can grow!

What’s on your list of new learning?  Share and we will all learn!

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  1. October 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM - Reply

    Hola me llamo David Seibel y tambien soy maestro de espanol y estoy utilizando Genius Hour en mis clases. Me gustaria saber mas de como se va Genius Hour en tu clase ahorrita. Mi email es

  2. Christie June 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM - Reply

    Garnet, congratulations on making the jump from luring to contributing so successfully. I agree that building my Twitter PLN has been one of the best personal learning opportunities I’ve had in a long time. I am very impressed with your blog and all of the learning you have done in the last year. I bet you’ll be very pleased with your list at the end of next year! I’ll look forward to reading your post at this time, next year! Thanks for sharing this list. You’ve inspired me to try to start my own blog. Thank you!

    • Garnet Hillman July 1, 2013 at 9:27 PM - Reply

      So thrilled to have inspired you to write! Looking forward to reading your blog. Thanks so much for reading and your kind comments!

  3. Denise Krebs June 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM - Reply

    Yes, Garnet, isn’t it exciting to find so many teachers who care about growing and improving their craft? I love what I’ve learned as a result of Twitter, and my PLN.

    And thanks to Joy for sharing your blog post with her PLN by RTing it!


    • Garnet Hillman June 30, 2013 at 1:47 PM - Reply

      It is so exciting, I can’t wait to get back to school this fall and incorporate my new ideas! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. Tim Floyd June 30, 2013 at 1:21 PM - Reply

    Great Post…I’m still in the lurker phase, learning a ton, but maybe this will be my nudge. Thanks!

    • Denise Krebs June 30, 2013 at 1:35 PM - Reply

      Well, there you go, Tim! I believe commenting on another’s blog post is a good indication that you’ve already moved from the lurker phase. Bravo!

    • Garnet Hillman June 30, 2013 at 1:41 PM - Reply

      I agree, you have already started to jump in! Keep going, there is so much greatness ahead!

  5. Joy Kirr June 30, 2013 at 1:14 PM - Reply

    And now look at you! You’re a blogger! As you know, I share many of your thoughts about our PLN and Twitter. I love the way others share – selflessly. I have many people to thank each day I teach those 7th graders. I love it when a lesson I saw tweeted out goes much better than expected, or when a student lights up with an “aha” moment and I tear up. Many of the things I now do in the classroom are a direct result of the connections to educators who CARE for students and want the best for them. I love my virtual school, and I’m so glad you are one of the teachers in it!

    • Garnet Hillman June 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM - Reply

      Thanks for all your words of support, Joy. You are among the people I have to thank for my new learning this year. I am so glad to have met you and look forward to continued learning with you!

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