I once worked for an amazing Principal during my years in behavior education who taught me a number of things that changed my career and my life. While this post isn’t about him, or my time working with him, it is about something he told me. He said “It takes 21 days to form a habit”. I am not sure if that is absolutely correct, but most of the things he told me were right on the money, so I am sure he is close. In the last 21 days I have formed a new habit and it will be a habit that will change my life.
21 days ago I met with another administrator, to learn about technology and what it could do for my school, my colleagues and more importantly the students in our building. He introduced me to Twitter, hooked me up on Google Reader with subscriptions to many amazing blogs, and talked to me about the power of PLN’s. At the moment it all seemed unreal, something beyond my ability, my understanding and my schedule. I was wrong. I am able, I understand (enough of it, I’ll learn the rest as I go) and I seem to be finding the time because of how exciting it all is.
So for the last 21 days I have made social media and web 2.0 tools part of my daily routine. I have created a professional blog, a classroom blog and a school twitter account. I have shared Google Reader and the power of Education Blogs with my colleagues, I have helped two members of our staff connect through Twitter with other educators, and I introducd Web 2.0 and blogging to a class of 28 students. I have formed a habit that will make me a better educator and better administrator, and all it took was 21 days. I am still very new to this and have a lot to learn, but I know it will be worth my time. I firmly believe that anyone can do this, or more, if they just take three weeks and commit to it, so give it a try if you haven’t already, and if you have, share this thought with a colleague and get them involved. In the words of Robert Noyce “Knowledge is power. Knowledge shared is power multiplied.”