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Who's Your +1?

Who's Your +1?

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Last Saturday, I attended Edcamp Sacramento and had a major takeaway. In a casual conversation with Stephane Reid, she started sharing how she improves her speed while jogging. Stephanie runs with others and looks for someone who is just a little bit faster than her. She calls the person her "+1" and works really hard to hang with them on long trail runs. I think we all need "+1s" in all areas of life. We need "+1s" to drive our professional development, improve our parenting, and refine the ways we communicate with others. This week, I'm going to find a "+1" and improve my skills by working hard to "keep up." Consider how differentiated this strategy is. Everyone is in charge of their own "+1" and the person they select is just beyond their current state of competency. I think this is a great learning strategy for kids and adults alike. So, who's your "+1?"

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

I really like this idea! Unfortunately I don't have a +1, I have a +20- so many good people that i work and learn with. I want to catch up with ALL of them. If only I had Hermione Granger's time turner...

I'm going to share this idea liberally with my students. Thanks!

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

I'm going to be corny and say that my +1 is my wife. She's primarily taught 3rd and 4th grade, with a good chunk of her experience spent at a low SES school. She's had some tough students in that time, but she's never given up on any of them. She's also always looking for ways to refine her strategies for teaching.

It's that combination of determination (dare I say... grit) and her constant search for improvement that inspire me to do better at what I do.

School66_cj's picture

I realize this is an older post, but I LOVE this idea. As a busy, full-time working mom it's so hard to push further. I am on this site researching to help advance a great idea to increase the parent to classroom connection. Kristen, you may be my '+20' as of now, but I will follow you and aspire to you becoming my '+1' soon! Thanks for the inspiration.


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