Gilligan Syndrome

Gilligan Syndrome = When you find yourself stuck because you don’t have good resources to turn to for advice and help.

Gilligan Syndrome is a term I coined along with my principal friends Jessica Johnson, Jay Posick, and Matt Renwick. We were preparing a presentation for our state administrator’s conference, and were trying to find a clever way to stress the importance for school administrators to make connections with people beyond their own schools and districts. Our presentation was on using Web 2.0 tools as professional development, and I think the setting for Gilligan’s Island fits pretty well with what often happens in schools. We get stranded and don’t know how to reach out to others for help. Using internet resources to make connections with other educators around the world is a way to get yourself unstuck.

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