Week 1-Leadership Post: Communication Reflection
Oral Verses Written
At this moment, I am sure all that know me and read my posts, are finding this debate quite hilarious, given my tendency to talk; and some may claim that the amount of my oration tends to be synonymous with Homer’s epic tales The Odyssey and The Iliad. However, this is a debate for me. Do I wish to present my knowledge gained from my Capstone project to the educational world via a National Conference, or should I have my words written down and preserved for years to come and seek out national publication? Yes, I love to talk and share my thoughts (even when they may not be wanted), but for the past nine years or so I have been presenting knowledge about education in relation to English extension and learning development for Laying the Foundation and the National Science and Math Initiative. I thoroughly enjoy this and gain a tremendous amount of knowledge each time I present to teachers. I am comfortable with passing on lesson ideas, student success, and leaving others with the thoughts of “what if.”
However, sometimes these messages can be fleeting and they only empower those that attend the trainings or presentations. I know that not all will read educational national publications, but when I thought about the novels, short stories, poems, and articles that I have read, I realized that most were gifts from others-meaning that someone else recommended I read them. As I considered this aspect, I thought about how many others have been gifted this form of communication by the same process. When I am reading educational articles and something impacts me, I pass the article link onto others that may glean something powerful from the message as well. I don’t believe that I am as powerful as Bradbury or Hemmingway, but I do feel that the results generated from my Capstone Project can benefit an entire generation.
To critically think effectively means that the world can find solutions to problems and create ideas to expand our society. Based on this idea, I have thrown out the microphone and my love for speaking with the purpose of creating something worthy of written publication, so that perhaps someone out there will pass this gift onto someone else. The message can echo from educator to educator and hopefully the impact will generate a world of thinkers and contemplators.