I had the opportunity to virtually meet with four professionals in education tonight about utilizing tools and text enhancements to help students comprehend new material and communicate what they understand. All five of us had different backgrounds in education, did not live within 120 miles of each other and taught different age levels. The one thing we had in common was improving education for students.
We shared ideas and examples of ways we bridged the gap to meet the needs of all types of students. We listened to struggles, celebrated accomplishments and reflected on what's next for our own development as both students and teachers in a 21st century world.
After the conversation ended I felt rejuvenated and refreshed. I had double the amount of energy before the conversation began and I was ready to change the world with all of the inspiration and ideas they gave me.
I credit these emotions to the conversation itself. Just by listening, relating and visualizing what they were speaking about and knowing we were standing on similar ground, I felt the benefits of being able to share and communicate.
I would love to be able to do this in a professional setting on a consistent basis, where the opportunity to engage in conversations with others who are working towards the same goal exists. Our conversation could lead to an idea, an understanding or even change to help make the experience for students in our building even better.
How often would you need these conversations? Would they have to be scheduled consistently at the same time in the same place? What would a schedule look like where there is some free time to plan, discuss, or communicate with others who you may normally not run into in a normal work day?
Below is a short video about conversation
I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas or examples of how this could work in a professional setting.