In fact, the whole notion of being a great teacher, administrator, or whichever role one plays in education seems to be split between two large camps. There are those that believe that as long as they deliver relevant content every day, cover the standards, get through what they need (even artfully so) that then they are doing their job. That is what makes them a great educator. Then there are those that believe that to be a great educator, one must be connected through something (social media, local group whatever), should be researching new ideas, and should definitely be implementing those. Then one can be a great educator.
Those are two very different camps to be in. One sees no need for outside connections and the other sees the creative urgency in having them. One does not find the time necessary to make connections because it is not deemed essential to being a great teacher. Whereas the other wholeheartedly believes in the necessity of these connections and thus takes the time to do so. I wonder if the unconnected educator can be just as great as the connected one, I tend to lean toward a resounding yes because of what I see on a daily basis; plenty of “unconnected” educators that are still phenomenal teachers. And yet, I wish they were connected because so many of them have great things to share.
So when I come across people that do not understand why I tweet, blog, or connect with other that I may never meet, I often wonder how they get inspired. I know where I draw my inspiration from; my students, my family, and my PLN. Where do those that do not have a PLN get theirs? I know I cannot convince them of the power of dedicating time to connecting, sharing, reflecting in a an open forum until they deem it important enough to dedicate their time. And that is an entirely different mindset to cultivate, so how do we do that?