As I read this article, I wondered, how often do I engage in rich discussions with colleagues?
Yes, I feel comfortable with my online PLN, and I have a handful of colleagues who don’t gawk at me when I start talking about a book or article I read. But for the most part, I avoid saying things when I am around certain people because the conversation doesn’t continue. Uncomfortable silence.
That’s why I find myself avoiding it altogether.
I wonder if I followed an idea like #eduread and shared an article with colleagues, something doable that’s not an entire book…to read prior to our PLC.
It seems when I ask for suggestions, nothing. I don’t know if this is because they don’t want to do it, or really aren’t sure where to start. So I let it go. And that’s not effective leadership. I suppose I am paranoid, not wanting others to feel that I am judging their teaching when I suggest an article. I honestly want to talk, discuss, share ideas…so I can have better learning opportunities for my students.
Anyway, how do you start rich conversations with colleagues?