Take a Risk

I’ve been helping to facilitate a Collegial Learning Circle (CLC) of 20+ educators who are dipping their toes into some new learning environments through the K12 Online Conference. This group is small and made up of professionals who have volunteered. We are using a private group in the K12 Online Ning as a space where this group can meet asynchronously between the few face to face meetings.

Joanna Sero a kindergarten teacher, started a blog prior to the formation of this group. Although I’ve had few conversations with her face to face I really think I’m getting a good sense for the kind of teacher she is by reading her blog. Her post for the Passion Quilt Meme had me thinking that what she has to say reaches far beyond Kindergarten and into the CLC itself:

As a teacher and mom who is passionate about lifelong learning, I challenge myself to be brave and dare to try something new…in the classroom, at home, in the world. Maybe it will work, or maybe it won’t…maybe I will love it, and maybe I won’t, but at least I will give it my best shot. Take it from our children: take a risk!

Only a handful of folks in the CLC have gotten started a month and a half in, however, we’ve got the “stuck faucet” to turn a bit with some face to face support and I, among others, have been working to respond in a very timely manner to folks who do post new discussions or comments. Do you have any suggestions as we try to encourage them to take a risk?

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