Over the past week I had the pleasure of working with the one and only Dave Burgess, author of Teach Like a Pirate. He is truly one of my favorite “edu-celebrities”. He is a great speaker, engaging writer, and an inspiring leader. But, most of all, he practices what he preaches. What I mean by that is that Dave values learning, risk taking and stepping outside of comfort zones.
Dave also coaches people up. Every great leader, every great teacher, everyone who wants to really make an impact understands the importance of being there to coach others. Dave has done that for me on multiple occasions. I’ve only officially met him once, but even before we met he took time to answer my questions, retweet my blog posts, join me for a Google Hangout and most recently, he agreed to co-moderate #ohedchat with me. Dave doesn’t just do these things for me. He connects with educators all over the world who are inspired by his work. Working with Dave this past week has taught me more than just lessons that I can take to the classroom. Working with him taught me what it really means to be a leader and a teacher. We must take the time to share our ideas and talents with others. We must take the time to coach others up. That’s what Dave has done for me. I want to do the same for others. That’s how we make a difference.
I was so inspired by the questions from our chat on Wednesday that I have to share them with you. Take some time to read the archives of the chat last night. I encourage you to read the questions and reflect on your own answers to them. Then, think about why it is we do what we do each and every day.
Here is your staff update for March 3.