Everyday that I get on Twitter, I am inspired by the dedicated, passionate, creative, risk taking educators that I am connected with. I get to engage with teachers who inspire me to be more than I was yesterday. They share their love of students and their desire to change the face of education. I get excited by what I have learned from them and the things that I have been able to do as a result of their work.
I spent the last month working on a personalized PD model for Google Tools. I used the work of Alice Keeler and her PD spreadsheet as the inspiration. She created a badging system that outlines skills and tasks for staff and then when they complete it they earn a badge. I wanted to adapt this for our teachers' needs and went about finding suitable tasks. I came across Kasey Bell's list of Google level 1 certification tasks. What came out of this inspiration is a list of about 150 tasks each with a unique badge to recognize the work that staff have done to learn about using the tools.
The process I developed with the help of one of our district's amazing technicians, allows staff to submit their artifacts via a Google form and after I acknowledge the submission, they are sent a certificate of completion and their badge. They also are added to a leaderboard to show who has earned the most points by completing the most or tasks. I will share out the process in another post, when we are out of Beta testing.
I wanted to share this because the countless hours of work I have put into this system has taught me many lessons. Some of them are even positive. The biggest takeaways from this experience has been seeing what is possible when you set your mind to something. I often doubt what I am capable of, or accept my current reality as good enough. When I see what others are doing, it rekindles the fire to do more, and be more. I appreciate my PLN for providing the inspiration to not only reflect on the areas I need to improve, but also providing guidance and support in leading me to take risks, try new things, and grow.
This week's chat is about Inspiration. I have taken a few quotes and used them as the basis of our conversation.