What is one small step I am willing to do to elevate the profession?
Based on the number of readers I am getting, it's not these blogs posts! Replacing "small" with "minuscule" (is there a word that means something even smaller?) may be more appropriate in that case.
But that's not why I'm doing this I keep telling myself. Therefore, after almost three weeks of posts, I've realized that I am basically the guy walking down the street talking to himself (the one without the phone sticking out of his ear) and I am fine with that.
What I can do is share and collaborate with colleagues, both at DeMatha and those I am in contact with through social media. I've learned an incredible amount (this is where an adjective for a really, really large number would come in handy) from my colleagues through the years. But helping them requires getting to know them well enough so that I know what they are doing and how they are doing it. Otherwise it is too hit or miss, like a blind sales call, a direct mass mailing, or a poor professional development session.
Asking questions and listening closely are the two things that lead directly to the most effective sharing of any of my experience with others. The more I know about them the better. Helping them in any way, no matter how small, may be something I can do to elevate their impact on our profession. Which helps us all.