Complacency is perhaps the most insidious form of educational malpractice. While certainly more detrimental, instances of blatant disregard for students are relatively rare in comparison to teachers and administrators who are just “going through the motions.” Most educators don’t set out to bore their students to death, cause embarrassment or humiliation, or meet out unjust punishment. Instead, we get comfortable, busy or perhaps a bit lazy. We become what we frequently accuse our students of being–unmotivated, disinterested and, at its worst, apathetic.
This is why I am now comfortable being uncomfortable. Even though I struggle to keep up with my Twitter feed and I am perpetually behind in reviewing blog posts in Google Reader, I am approaching my profession with a renewed energy and intentionality. My Personal Learning Network challenges my thinking, provides valuable feedback and generates new ideas. It has been a prescription for complacency. While I certainly do not want to diminish the value of collaboration with colleagues in your school and district, if you do not expand your PLN to include a world-wide audience, you are missing out.
Get connected. Develop a Personal Learning Network. Be challenged. Be uncomfortable. Say no to complacency.