It’s Not a Duty, It’s a Privilege

Connecting. Learning. Sharing. Reflecting – They make us better educators and they make us better leaders.

I had a conversation last week with one of our principals who is relatively new to Twitter.  As long as I have known her, she has been an active learner – always wanting to learn, grow, reflect, improve.  With her discovery of Twitter, she is now connecting, learning and sharing with many educators around the globe, and she, like me, is loving it.  At the heart of our conversation, though was this…  our commitment to being learners, our willingness to look out into the world and connect with others, watch what they are doing, and to see what they are sharing is making us better educators and leaders.

When we see inspirational tweets come across our screens, read blogs written by other educators, follow projects in other schools and districts around the nation and the world, we get inspired, and we often say to ourselves “I/We could do that!”  and then we often do…

Excerpts from a recent blog from Seth Godin said this:

Do the extra work not because you have to but because it’s a privilege…

Not because you want credit or reward. Because you can…

We know that the privilege of doing the extra work is the work itself.

The habit of doing more than is necessary can only be earned through practice. And the habit is priceless.

I have had times in my life as an educator when I have been so bogged down in the day to day routines and work that I have pushed aside my time for learning… my time for connecting… my time for sharing and reflecting.  Thinking about that now, I know those were the times when I least enjoyed my work, and when I was least effective as a leader.  I was getting the job done, but I wasn’t the type of leader I know I can be.  What I have learned is that in order to be the type of leader I can be proud of, then I must hold these things sacred… connecting, learning, reflecting and sharing.  It is as important to me to prioritize these things as part of my week as it is for me to prioritize being in schools and in classrooms – This is the extra work that is a privilege…  This is the extra work that needs to become habit.  This is the extra work that always motivates me, inspires me, and pushes me to be a better educator and a better leader.

3 thoughts on “It’s Not a Duty, It’s a Privilege

  1. Shelley,

    I could not agree more with your post. We need to find a way to continue our own learning before we can be effective educators. Much of this results in additional time, but in the end it makes us much more effective as leaders. What we do is so important we have to make the time. It truly is a privelage

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