Seven Habits of Highly Connected People #CCK11 #ELTchat #edchat #edreform #edtech #ukedchat #education

Seven Habits (Credit: Wordle)

Seven Habits of Highly Connected People. I’m highly connected, in multiple senses of the phrase, “highly connected”.

Quantity: On Linkedin alone, I’m told that my first, second and third degree connections link me to 9.9 million people. Compared to that, my Facebook, Twitter, and F2F connections are chump change.

Quality: Some of the most brilliant people in the English Language Teaching profession have accepted me as a member in their PLN.

Strong ties: A huge number of Teachers of English, and educators in other disciplines, are in my networks.

Weak ties: I have worked extremely hard to diversify my connections. This has been successful on all of my networks, giving me access to people who have a different way of seeing the world. This, of course, broadens my own perspective of the world, giving me more of a panoramic vision rather than a narrow, tunnel vision.

So, in the connectivist sense, I am highly connected. Well, what are the seven habits of highly connected people? Do I agree with this list? If so, do I manifest these habits, or do I need to improve in some areas?

Let’s turn to Stephen Downes, who lists the seven habits for us, in his April 18, 2008 paper of the same name:

Stephen Downes (Credit: Google images)

#1 Be Reactive

#2 Go With The Flow

#3 Connection Comes First

#4 Share

#5 RTFM “Read The Fine Manual”

#6 Cooperate

#7 Be Yourself

Downes clarifies each one of these seven items in his paper, in detail, and I advise the reader to go there for the explanations.

I find myself in full agreement, without reservation, on the inclusion of these items in such a list.

That said, it’s obviously not meant to be exhaustive. I would say, definitional, defining the habits you would expect to see, as a minimum, in a highly connected person.

The larger question, for me, is my self assessment. How do I measure up? Can I “tick” all the boxes? Let’s see:

1. Yes, I have improved in this area, and been rewarded by finding three or four people whose writing I return to often to inform my thinking.

2. Can I answer, “Maybe” It depends?

If it’s a Yes or No, then this is a No.

I am focused on extracting whatever implications I can for the benefits of my students. I have declared that, openly. It’s why I’m working so hard, to take away something beneficial, not only for me, but for my students.

Stepping back, that doesn’t work so well for my fellow course participants. To be honest, I know my participation in the CCK FB chats is pretty weak. So, that’s one area I could improve on.

I’ve never attended a live Elluminate session, never felt that sensation of being in a virtual class with all of my course mates at the same time.

Why not? Basically, I relied on Radio DS106, which worked out well for me, but again, what about my course mates? My only salvation is that by having multiple opportunities to engage with pre-recorded sessions, I was able to be clearer in my own interpretations of the material.

In sum, this is the area for me to work on as the course progresses.

#3 Yes.

#4 Yes.

#5 Yes.

#6 Yes.

#7 Yes.

Conclusion: I have 6 of 7 habits of highly connected people. I’m going to try hard to make it 7 of 7.

Time is on my side, we’re only in Week 5….

Best regards,

About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
This entry was posted in Connectivism, Education, EFL and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Seven Habits of Highly Connected People #CCK11 #ELTchat #edchat #edreform #edtech #ukedchat #education

  1. I believe that diagnostic tools are very useful when one wants to improve the performance (personal and professional). And here, there is a very interesting, nice and useful check-list. What’s more amazing is how to analyze your own behavior was inspiring for me to gain some courage and do the evaluation of my performance.Examples are more important than theories. A true teacher teaches what he is rather than what the world thinks about the world. You did it and I learned my lesson. Thanks.
    I have a long way to go in connectivism and using the scale proposed these are my notes: 1) Be reactive – OK; 2) Go with the flow – OK; 3) Connection comes first – must be improved; 4) Share – OK; 5) Read the fine Manual – I do not know what it is…can you help me?; 6) Cooperate – OK; 7) Be Yourself – well this is a task for all my life, but I`m trying to do the best I can – work in progress, working on it everyday. (4 OK in 7 it`s not so bad, isn`t?)
    In the CCK11 I have learned a lot, but I did not participate as strongly as I like in terms of production of new materials. Language was a problem (as you can see by my portugles) and write and translate took a lot longer than a thought. This must be improved too.
    The best part was know many peoples around the world and realize that we are all connected, by the same desire:- to grow and build new knowledge together.
    Again, thanks for this lesson!


    • Hi Daisy,

      Bom Dia! Gracias por visitarm otra vez, una vez más! Obrigado!

      Thanks for stopping by my friend. This list is really good, isn’t it? It helps to show us how we use our connections to everyone’s advantage, not just ourselves.

      Daisy, you can read Stephen’s original paper if you click on the link that says, “Seven Habits of Highly Connected People”.

      Or copy and paste the link below in your browser:

      OK, Daisy. Thank you for coming to visit me today. It is great to have a friend from Brazil. I’ve never been there before.

      And finally, I admire your ability to work in a second language, English, when your mother language is Portuguese. Well done, and keep up the good work!


      Tu amigo en Chile,


  2. I found this post really interesting. I’ve not seen that list before so I’m off to check out the original. Not quite sure how many I fulfil. Certainly less than your good self but it’s all a learning process isn’t it!


  3. Hello professor, I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while but this is actually the first time I reply to one of your posts (blame it on lack of time – lol).
    Your post is surely intriguing. Most people don’t know that there is a difference between being a connected teacher and being connected to a computer (or to the internet, if you may). Being connected goes beyong any technology can reach. You can be connected in order to share, develop, grow, teach and learn whithin your very own community. The thing is that technology multiplies these possibilities by a million times.
    My list would be something like that:
    1- share
    2- share
    3- share
    5- be yourself
    6- be critical
    7- share
    🙂 keep it up!


    • Hi Bruno,

      Thank you for your insightful comments. I agree totally with you, especially the part where you say, (quote) “there is a difference between being a connected teacher and being connected to a computer.” (end of quote)
      It is a concept distinction you make that is very relevant, given the consequences which result when one is not truly, “connected”, in the multiplicator sense that you refer to.

      Again, thank you kindly for sharing.

      Best regards,


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s