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Posted by on in Education Leadership

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Dear Santa,

All we want for Christmas is for our staffs to learn to know and love Twitter like we do! How can we bestow this gift to our staffs this year in a way that would be meaningful?

As leaders we are faced each day with the task of helping teachers be better, better for our kids and better for each other.  There is no better gift that we can give our students than a skilled, innovative, loving and connected teacher in front of them everyday. How can we, as model leaders, gently lead teachers to a wealth of resources that will make them better, faster?

The answer to this, we believe, is helping teachers build a Professional Learning Network in Twitter.  In 140 characters they can get connected with like minded (or maybe not so like minded) educators going through some of the same struggles that they share.  They can find resources, ideas, and learn about positive trends in education today. How can principals accomplish this?  Principals can lead teachers to this understanding by building their own PLN and sharing the value of this wealth of knowledge with the staff.  

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Can you remember being the new person at your school? Whether it was the beginning of your career and you were completely green or you switched schools and were learning the ropes of how this little community functions, each of us has been there. Hopefully, you were greeted by at least one person with a little more time than you, who just wanted to help.

Teaching is an incredibly complicated job. It is physically and emotionally taxing at times requiring us to be on our game as much as possible. When we work in a collegial environment, it is one that is nurturing and supportive.

There are 4 predictable stages of community that I learned about early on during summer training at my current school. (As a College Board school, we were required to meet over the summer for several weeks to team build and learn about a new way of teaching.) They are: pseudo-community, choas, emptiness and true community. Fluid phases that can often move quickly, until achieving true community, but it takes work. The definitions below are adapted from M. Scott Peck.

First in pseudo-community, we all pretend to get along, avoiding conflict wherever possible. We are kind because we want to be liked. When we first enter a school, we are eager to find out how the community works and so we, watch and agree to a lot of things. This never lasts because a lot of personalities in one place can't stand the facade.

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