#EmpowerBook - Week 1 of IMMOOC
Hi there! I'm back and this time I have a new purpose for writing. Purpose is so important! It's not the only thing that makes a difference though. I also have something worth writing about.
I'm getting better about getting my ideas out of my head and daring to share them with others.
For example, earlier this year I made a suggestion that some of my colleagues and I try a book study. Lo and behold... some of us have selected a book
What's more, the timing was absolutely perfect for those of us who wanted to go one step further to join in with #IMMOOC Season 4. I like to think of myself as the kind of teacher who is on the cutting edge. One of my first teacher evaluations has a comment from the principal stating "she likes to try new things." I remember thinking, now why couldn't he just say she is innovative? Yup 20 years ago I saw myself as an innovator and I've really never stopped "trying new things" even though the structure of schools does not always make that easy to do.
So here I am trying #IMMOOC.
First of all, I want to say that if you are reading this and are not participating in #IMMOOC, you should try searching the hashtag on Twitter and at the very least do some "lurking to learn." If you are reading or have read "Innovator's Mindset", "Empower", or "Learner Centered Innovation" consider joining the conversation!
One of the things I am really impressed by is the organization of the study. Tonight was the big kickoff with a live YouTube streaming event. Throughout the week there will be Facebook live and Twitterchats. Each participant is encouraged to complete readings and respond to various prompts via blog posts. The really great part is that participants can complete as much or as little as they are able. The structure balanced by flexibility makes a good fit for busy teachers. Just a little nudge in the right direction can make a world of difference.
For this blog post, the nudge consists of two prompts.