I have been startled by two aspects of this experience. First, I have been amazed by the generous responses from individuals I basically approached with a "cold call". Consequently the course is being shaped by a greater since of collaborating than I anticipated. And of course, I have terrifically strengthened my PLN (personal learning network), a best practice advocated in the course.
As a career teacher I should not have been surprised by the second development, because this has always been true for my classroom teaching: I have learned so very much by creating a course. I never supposed that I knew everything about digital practices as a building administrator. However, I thought I at least new the topics I should include in my course.
The course has been been rearranged by the outside of the box thinking I have encountered. In the last couple of days I have seen how Spike Cook has enriched his professional learning and his blog with Skype interviews. I have listened to Melinda Miller's "flipped faculty meeting" podcast for the opening of school. And I have been totally blown away by the many ways that Trang Lai has become a paperless principal.
These are new professional friends and teachers from New Jersey, Missouri and California who I'd never had met if I had not become a digital administrator. I am anxious to share my collection and hope to publish in three weeks or so.
|Home page of Trang Lai's Robert C. Fisler School|
|Hope page of Melinda Miller's Willard East Elementary|
|Home page of Dr. Spike Cook's R.M. Bacon Elementary|