Accountability. Have you ever had someone hold you accountable for what you’ve expressed in thought, in dream, or as a goal? This could be a friend, a mentor in profession or faith, or someone you don’t even personally know, but one who shares a common goal.
Guess where you’ll find lots of common-minded educators with amazing ideas? Yes, probably all around your buildings. Yes, through journal articles and college courses. However, the easiest, most accessible, hour-by-hour current, real deal situation, “custom fit” as you choose, is Twitter! Twitter, your PLN, can be a type of or a part of your accountability system.
Educators I “meet” on Twitter are passionate about what they do and offer info to help peers achieve similar goals – to promote student growth through innovative, current practices making an impact in students’ learning. So, between actually writing out some goals for myself and my classroom (professional growth plan with technology at school) and making “verbal” commitments to others on Twitter (@techminock, an Aurasma leader along with @techbradwaid), I have accountability that is actually working.
Here’s one example….This past summer I came across something called “Aurasma” as educators on Twitter were using it. After seeing it come up repeatedly, I checked it out. Aurasma = Amazing! These educators linked websites and blogs of how they’d used Aurasma (see links below). And maybe the best thing of all is that these educators are currently in the classroom making new things happen. Valid sources! So, after reading, watching webcast interviews, and “playing”, it was time to try at school. Thanks to the patience of my teammate @javadobbs, we have our Auras in combination with The Dot in the hallway, ready for viewing!
Find something that sparks your interest and then share it with someone to push you a little, instill some confidence, and offer support as you work towards that idea or outcome. Count your students’ involvement and excitement as part of your success!
What’s something new you’ve discovered through Twitter for your classroom? You may be an inspiration or may provide a way of being an accountability peer for others without even knowing it!