I am the kind of person who sits with “strangers” at district in-service days, instead of with my usual group. I am the one who joined this “DEN” group years ago – all by myself. But now, I am way comfortable with these DEN people. I see them everywhere – live, during webinars, on Plurk, Twitter, writing blogs, in professional journals, in Second Life, etc., etc.
Do you feel very comfortable here in DEN-land? I have just been reading a few things about how we find our tribe (such as in Ken Robinson’s The Element) and also about how we need to challenge ourselves by connecting with those who are not like us, who think differently than us (see David Warlick’s article “Grow Your Personal Learning Network” in Learning & Leading with Technology, March/April 2009).
And now I am sitting in Harrisburg, getting ready to meet new and past PA Milken award recipients. This is not a group with which I normally mingle – and I think that is great! I have been reminded that it has actually been a while since I have stepped out of my comfort zone and met a new group (although I love the old!!) I’ll let you know how it goes.
“”Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold.””
— Dean Gold
ps – I wonder if they will be giving out back scratchers!!!