Everyone keeps saying how computers make the world smaller…I knew what they were saying and in small ways I had joined in their journey, but today I feel like I made a leap. After sending out an inquiry, Katia replied with some interest in joining me on my mission to create a monthly coaching memo for staff. Quickly I was thinking about ways for us to connect and work together, brainstorm, create lists of ideas and develop a document to share out. That is when Google Documents came to us!
Hello Katia! Hello Patricia!…we connected to begin our work, to collaborate, to support each other in a professional capacity.
I have to confess that I am a recent convert to the idea of professional collaboration. As a perfectionist by nature, my initial experiences with collaboration were characterized by the frustrations of “group work” in my own school career, and the results were consistently disappointing. My first positive encounters with collaboration occurred when I went to theatre school the summer I was fourteen. I approached the idea of working in groups with the same dread – but my teachers approached things differently than I had ever experienced! After teaching us about the purpose of collaboration, they introduced us to the types of roles (both problematic and helpful) that we might play in our groups, and offered us numerous opportunities to produce “imperfect” work… with the focus always on our process, rather than on our product. But truthfully, it was the product that sold me on collaboration. I saw results that I knew I could never have produced if I had simply created the project without the input of others, and my perfectionist tendencies were so impressed that I learned to trust others to contribute. Over ten years later I still appreciate the lessons I learned that summer, so when Patricia approached me to collaborate, I was excited to jump on board!
Google documents has allowed us to begin to build and share ideas and collaborate despite our different schedules and locations. We inspire each other to take our practice further to look for new ways to encourage colleagues and support professional learning and growth.
Two heads really are better than one…just look at this post!!
“Thanks Katia!”…”Thanks Patricia!”