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Being a newbie to Twitter, I have spent quite a bit of time engaged in following some wonderful educators. One of these is George Couros, who in less than 140 characters, conveys a wealth of leadership qualities, and yet a touch of the human side.
His blog, The Principal of Change aims to help and inspire others to find their passion. (Well that caught my attention!)
His blog post Pockets of Excellence demonstrates some sound blogging techniques.
- The title is short, but catchy . . . I’m interested in the word ‘excellence’, and the word ‘pocket’ to me sounds like it’s small and do-able.
- But the first sentence “I was totally inspired by this video clip last night” was what actually drew me into reading the post.
- Using media (video) to support and illustrate what had inspired him, appeals to visual learners.
- He writes with passion to illustrate something he believes in, using words like . . ‘moved me’, ‘enthusiasm’, ‘amazed me’, ‘ALL pulled together’, ‘powerful’, ‘teamwork’ and ‘camaraderie’. . . It also reveals a little of his own personality – his own passion for what he does and his relationship with students and colleagues.
- His style of writing keeps it real by drawing on his own experiences at his school and makes me feel as if he is actually talking to me.
- He supports the points he was making on the importance of ‘community, collaboration and sharing individual gifts’ by making links to two posts about similar amazing celebrations at his school – Identity Day and the Portfolio project.
- The post ends with questions to think about. “How do we make these projects happen more in school? How do we respect the individual gifts and autonomy of teachers while bringing the entire school together in activities such as the one in the video?”
It left me inspired and thinking that we all have a pocket of excellence within us, but when we all step up and share our gifts it has an extremely powerful result.
One final thing . . . the post was not too long, so I also had time to read his previous post People Business . . . . sad, but again, very inspiring!
Thanks to George Couros ‘The Principal of Change’