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Anonymous (not verified)

I too believe that educators

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I too believe that educators need to network outside their immediate circle. What one district or even a state does is so different from another that it is clear to see that there is no cookie cutter way to teach children. With all the resources on line and educators willing to share ideas more of us need to leave the staff lounge behind and look beyond the door to our classrooms.

Josh (not verified)

I think it's funny that

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I think it's funny that those people who do not network well mistaken networking for the "good ole boy" system. "Too many innovation initiatives run amok because we celebrate ideas too much and understand execution too little." I love this quote from the article. I see it too often where our school gets a great idea, only to be replaced by another great idea the next year. Its always so sad that the first idea never even gets a chance to be tested because we're moving on before we have reliable information as to whether its good or not.
Matt (not verified)

Weblogs have been very

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Weblogs have been very valuable to me as I have initiated my teaching career. All to often those with more experience, and tenure, are selected to attend the educational conferences that come through town; leaving the newer teachers to make sense of second-hand information. Weblogs have enabled me to meet and learn directly from teachers and education professionals from around the world... for free.
Lucy Gray (not verified)

I love meeting other

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I love meeting other teachers, attending conferences, and gleaning ideas from all sort of resources. RSS and news aggregators have helped me to do some of this as has email by just making people more accessible. That said, after about fifteen years in education, networking has just become fluid for me, in person and online... it's not something that I consciously do, but it's just a part of the way I operate. I think it takes time for people to become natural networkers. I know that I really felt uncomfortable with the idea of making contacts when I was a newbie teacher! That said, have you seen LinkedIn? It's a networking site that lots of people seem to be joining. I heard it described recently as MySpace for business people!
Chris O'Neal (not verified)

Diane, Great point - and

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Diane, Great point - and nice post. I agree wholeheartedly, and would extend that suggestion to readings that most of us browse as well. A friend, who is an accountant, suggested that I read The World is Flat, even though it's technically not an "education book." It has huge implications for our schools and the impact our current classrooms has on the future. I suggest all educators read it - it certainly opened my eyes to new ways of thinking. In addition to networking outside our normal circles, reading magazines and books outside our typical focus areas is another great way to expand our minds and help complete the puzzle. Thanks for another great suggestion. Chris O.
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Diane Demee-Benoit Former Director of Outreach at Edutopia