I have found one of the most helpful things to build a network that challenges me is to listen to teachers who teach differently then I do or that are doing things in their classroom that I’m not. I write down some of the things that they say they are using or trying. Then I find information to read about what they are doing or trying. This way I can try to understand what they are doing. Sometimes I end up using their ideas. Sometimes I don’t think it’s the best practice for my classroom, but then I’m at least educated enough to understand the facts behind what they are doing.