The best #learners+#leaders are always re-evaluating what the "C" stands for in their PLC. #QuoteADay #Day348 #edchat #satchat #MakeAChange
What does the "C" stand for in your #PLC?
Is it "Community"
The most correct answer is that it has probably been all of these and more at some point in your career.
And, most likely, it will continue to change as you grow.
What is most important, however, is that your PLC be true to what you need and what others need from you, and as such, if your current PLC has a different "C" (or "P" or "L," for that matter) than works for you, then you can either attempt to change it or find another PLC to belong to.
Here's a quick example from my own learning to illustrate.
I've been an avid Twitter user for about three years, and in that time, I've been able to grow my network, but I'm still the type of leader and learner who seems to learn best when I can engage in deep thinking and action-taking with people face-to-face. So, my PLC has been, and is mostly, composed of those who I can imagine myself getting together with over a cup of coffee or a beer to make plans and push each other to take positive action in collaborative way.
Over the last year in particular, I've noticed my PLC changing (and part of it is likely me changing as well). I've noticed a lot more competition and less true collaboration, even from some folks who had previously been very open and collaborative. I've also noticed (and this really hasn't changed, it's probably just from me being more engaged in this kind of thinking) that many Twitter chats exist to allow us to talk, but don't hold us accountable for truly making anything better. And, there are so many chats looking to eke out a niche, that nobody seems to speak the same "language."
(And, oh yeah, I'm just as guilty in this area as everyone else. I co-facilitate an educational chat that does, in fact, have a very small niche, and we don't hold each other accountable for making positive change as much as we should.)
Anyway, this past summer, I started to wonder if there was a way to cultivate a different (or additional) PLC that would push me, and those I learn and lead with, to be more accountable. So, I joined a Voxer group with a number of like-minded thinkers, and have helped to build a PLC where the "C" stands for "collaboration" and "change," two "Cs" that fit me well and allow me to get the most from my collaborators and give them the most I can.
What do you say about your PLC? What does it say about you? Are you comfortable with what each of your letters stand for? If not, what will you do about it?
And more importantly: How can you make your PLC as much about what you can give others, as what they can give you?