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Surround Yourself with those Who See Greatness Within You

Tom

” Surround yourself with the Dreamers and the Doers, the Believers… and most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it in yourself. They strive for us to see the potential of greatness that lies within us. Never forget that they let us break down our walls and wipe off our masks and teach us to be and believe you are perfect as you.”

A quote used by a man who died at 85 years old…and lived as an artist, illustrator, and wise, generous soul. Tom Dunnington was influential in my son’s life…and many others. May we all live to inspire greatness in others the way he has. There is no greater legacy than that.

Professional Generosity at its Finest: The 2012 Global Education Conference

* All of the sessions are archived here, so be sure to check out what you missed!

It’s right around the corner! The 2012 Global Education Conference is free to anyone in any corner of the planet with access to a computer…from the most remote villages to the most populated cities, and everywhere in-between. It will run 24 hours a day, next week: Monday, November 12 through Friday, November 16, 2012.

This is professional generosity at its finest. Bringing educators and innovators from around the globe together to create a weeklong conference where anyone can go to share, learn and connect. There are so many different sessions available, so click on your time zone here and see what’s happening.

I have the opportunity to present again this year with some of the best global educators from around the world. If you get a chance, check the sessions out, they are listed below. The links will be posted for the meeting room prior to each session.

Using Digital and Global Citizenship to Create a Safe and Successful Global Project Recording of this session can be found here. It will open in another window.

Collaborative Projects and the Common Core State Standards Wednesday, Recording of Session can be found here. It will load in another window.

Using Data to Make Sense of the World: a collaborative project with eight schools worldwide Thursday, November 15, Recording of the session can be found here.

This conference is possible with the support of iEARN worldwide as the conference founding sponsor. iEARN will be running their annual international conference in conjunction with this event. This also couldn’t be accomplished without the support of hundreds of educators, moderators, tweeters, bloggers, editors, writers, global education enthusiasts, and many others…all in a magnificent display of professional generosity.

I discussed my strongly held belief in professional generosity in a prior post here and for iEARN-USA. I’m proud to work in a profession that lives that.

The Best in Education: Community + Classroom

Ahhhh…the Periodic Table of Elements. We all remember it from years ago. It is introduced in the 5th grade curriculum, and it can be pretty dry material. But, every year I can’t wait to get to that section, because I have the most amazing support from someone in my community. After I cover the material, a former Fermi Lab engineer turned consultant and  self-employed inventor, not to mention an all around amazing guy, Larry Bartoszek from Bartoszek Engineering  comes into my classroom and talks about the Periodic Table of Elements in his way. He is as passionate about that as I am about collaborative education. He believes that the discovery of the table is one of humankind’s greatest accomplishments. He comes with graphics and enthusiasm and examples…and they all go home with a diamond…all they have to do it throw it in a volcano and wait a few million  years!  This is collaborative education at its absolute best. I am forever grateful for Professional Generosity. Thank you Lucy Gray for calling that out so eloquently in your TEDx Talk.

Professional Generosity

As part of Connected Educators Month, I sat in on “The Sun Never Sets”, a panel discussion about global connected education trends and how educators around the world can help each other improve practice, with panelists Ed Gragert, Lucy GrayVicki DavisJulie Lindsay, and Anne MirtschinSteve Hargadon was moderating.

Lucy Gray mentioned Professional Generosity, a phrase she describes in her TedxTalk, and I can’t think of better examples than the people on this panel. I have benefited first hand from each and every one of them, and there are many more examples out there using venues such as Twitter, blogs, websites and webinars, all demonstrating Professional Generosity.  Being generous in our field of expertise is not a new thing, but the advent of social media has brought this natural tendency of some people into the light in a powerful way.

There are seven billion people on our planet. That makes seven billion people all breathing in what they see, hear, experience, read…breathing it all in…making sense of it in their own way inside, and then breathing it out as individual expressions in how they live, what they think, and how they act…into work projects and relationships, into ideas, concepts, plans and dreams. We all see the world through our own eyes, so we each make meaning of what we breathe in uniquely. The out-breath of all of that comes in the billions of examples of what we create in all forms, tangible and not… forms of all kind like a garden of infinite variety.

On that out-breath, some people breathe out their new understandings in an open expression of generosity. That is their natural tendency. Not always as some deep need to right a wrong in the world…not always to bring attention, recognition or fame to themselves…but simply as their natural out-breath. They share. They give. They offer.

In this generous out-breath lies the key to many of the problems we find ourselves in, and not only in our education system. What would happen if all teachers and educational leaders demonstrated Professional Generosity? What if all school districts did? What if all organizations and industries did?  I wonder where the tipping point would be…in my own school, in my district, in my state, in my profession, in my country…in our world. We have the technology. We have the trailblazers. We have living, breathing examples out there doing it. I can easily do my part. All it takes is a little Professional Generosity intention on the out-breath.