When I was young, my grandfather would clip articles from The Baltimore Sun and mail them to me at our family’s home in Southeastern Virginia. I remember Orioles’ season preview sections, bios of Colts’ draft picks, and – as I grew older – stories about government, current affairs, and Judaica… each offered its own sweet little reminder that Pop-Pop was thinking about me and wanted to engage in an on-going conversation about ideas and events.
I imagine that many of us have people in our lives who clip newspaper and magazine articles for us – heck, one of my wife’s colleagues sent along a story about our school’s football team just last week!
Within my professional learning network, Twitter has become my on-line home for reading and sharing clips with colleagues and friends. My appreciation for Twitter has evolved in ways that I wouldn’t have imagined a year ago: I’ve come to view Twitter as a key place to ask and answer a pair of powerful essential questions:
“What are you reading?” and “What are you thinking about?”
Twitter is my favorite place to choose the clippings, in the form of links to on-line sources, I’d like to read today – from leading thinkers and colleagues in education whom I’ve added to my professional learning network. Their work is inspiring, and I feel challenged to join the dialogue and participate.
And I still choose to mix in commentary about the Orioles, too.