For teachers, at times, the classroom can be a lonely place. In an effort to bring teachers out of isolation, schools and districts have brought teachers together in one venue for professional development. PD, at its best can be exciting and inspiring, allowing teachers to interact, collaborate, and arm them with new and innovative ideas. At its worst, PD can be boring; a time waster, where teachers are spoken at in a warehouse setting, with little hope of collaboration or inspiration.
In their recently published book, The Connected Educator: Leading and Learning in a Digital Age, authors and educators Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall provide a road map to guide teachers to connectivity in the ever-changing world. Nussbaum-Beach and Hall use their years of practical experience and unique understanding of our changing times to give teachers powerful ways to break through the isolation of a solitary classroom to use powerful resources: one another through powerful technological tools.
The authors recognize that teachers are at different places with their own teaching, learning, and comfort with technology. To meet teachers where they are during their own individual journies, each chapter is systematic in its approach and provides three common sections:
-Where Are We?
-Where to Now?
To engage the reader, the chapters also present the authors’ personal stories and “Think About” boxes. This approach enables the reader to learn and grow through a conversation yet professional style with the authors. This book truly provides professional development that is interactive and engaging. It gives the teachers the tools to travel down their best avenue for PD.
As we begin 2012 and want to learn and grow as educators and learners, The Connected Educator, is a necessary “How to Guide” and a must have for our personal and professional libraries, Kindles or iPads. Be a connected educator!