[Abecedary of Reflection] Networking

N: Networking

CCC Licensed work by Metcalm

CCC Licensed work by Metcalm

What do you think of when you hear the term “networking”? Since the explosion of social media, networking has taken on a whole new meaning. In my doctoral research, I’ve studied social network learning, which has nothing to do with social media. Social network learning investigates the connections that exist, formally or informally, within an organization.

To me, networking, whether online or in person, is about connections. When we connect with other people, we find common ground, similarities, shared experiences, and even differences, to discuss. While I do my best reflection when I am alone, writing, I find that the topics on which I reflect the most often arrive after a connection with someone else. A conversation with a colleague, a twitter exchange, an excerpt read (yes, I consider my reading to be a connection between me and the author!), all can lead to new thinking.

Reflective questions to consider:

  • How do you network?
  • Do social networks help you reflect as a leader?
  • In what ways can we bring networking into the norm of our educational system?
  • Who or what in your network pushes your thinking?

 

Abecedary of Reflection

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About Amy's Reflections

Director of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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2 Responses to [Abecedary of Reflection] Networking

  1. Pauline says:

    Thanks for pushing my thinking about networking!
    I find that networking is essential for my own professional growth as a leader. At one point in my career, I felt starved for professional growth. It then became obvious to me that I needed to take action. I started to look for outside opportunities to grow as a leader/professional. I have found that needed support –not only through great conversations from friends that call me on the way home from work– but also through social media avenues like: Twitter, Pinterest, and Blogs. Hearing the professional journeys and actions of others has enabled me to move forward in a progressive manner in my own professional journey. Additionally, being part of associations like ASCD, CLMS, and ACSA have allowed me to make connections with other educators and keeps me grounded in educational research.

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