Monthly Archives: February 2016

Why Twitter is so important to your professional growth

Twitter is such a powerful tool when it comes to professional development. Many people choose to use Twitter for both personal and professional chatting and that is okay. However, some choose to use it only for their PLN. I choose to use it in this way. The vast amount of information that is shared on Twitter can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, but the support from the Twitter community is amazing. I know that if I read something from someone I follow and can’t find it, my fellow tweeters will come to my rescue!

One of the greatest resources that I have found through my Twitter connections are specific group chats! There are many #hastag chat sessions out there, but a few that I am fond of are #iaedchat and #celebratemonday.  #iaedchat is held on Sunday evenings from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (CST) and helps me to set the tone for my usually crazy busy week ahead. The chats that are held are usually very meaningful and very applicable to most of what I do during the week.

If you have never used Tweetdeck (https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/) give it a try. It allows you to follow many  of your #hashtags in one area. I like to have my tweetdeck open and running in the background so if I get a chance I can see what new ideas are out there that people are talking about. Many people start out on Twitter by lurking and just following people and that is okay. It gives you practice with the Twitter lingo and a chance to see how people interact.

Am I using Twitter to its fullest potential? No way! Am I trying to learn and participate more? Absolutely! Give it a try – you won’t be sorry!

 

 

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Professional Relationship Building….

Constant learning, no matter your personal or professional life, is a must! I was fortunate to attend #edcampiowa this past Saturday. It was a great day being with like minded professionals who want to better their instructional practice. Many of the sessions were topics that are current issues involving good instruction, technology and most importantly building relationships with colleagues and students.
Relationship building is a key component. Starting those professional relationships with each other then expand to our students. They see staff working together and hopefully in turn they see how it can benefit them when working with their peers. This sometimes comes to a stalling point however, when we start to feel too comfortable and don’t allow or push ourselves to expand our comfort zones. I think we are all guilty of this. Sometimes we may have a personality conflict with a colleague, sometimes we are not even on the same page, so how do we resolve that? Many times it takes a lot of hard work and personal reflection on what YOU can do differently. If we expect or assume that it is the other person’s responsibility  to change we are in for a rude awakening.

Professional relationships have expanded to online venues as well. Twitter is an amazing tool that has allowed me to widen my professional relationships without meeting in person. Following other professionals through Twitter chats not only broaden my horizons professionally, but now gives me another resource to tap when I have a question or need help with something.

So, how can a person work on relationship building with their colleagues? I have found a few sites that give some tips.

9 Habits of people who build extraordinary relationships

10 Tips For Building Strong Professional Relationships

Frenzied rush to winter break!

The month of December can be the most enjoyable or the most miserable for some. It all depends on how you handle it! Are you easily stressed about minor things? Does the hustle and bustle of shopping, candy and cookie making along with all of your work responsibilities overwhelm you? If it does then you are not alone!

How do we stay sane? How do we handle the pressure? It is not easy. I am fortunate to have great friends who help me by reminding me to focus on  the overall picture and not sweat the small stuff. For me this is my toughest challenge. How do you cope with the craziness of the season?

Love it when you realize that you thought your blog posts posted and you find them in drafts!