I’ve never met a stranger. In my younger years, I was the student that got moved multiple times, because I’d talk to WHOMEVER was beside me. As I’ve grown older – that has never changed. As many times as I’ve arrived at a new place and said, “I’m just going to sit here and listen….” it never works. If I feel strongly about something – you’re going to hear about it.
Maybe that’s why in my 17 years of teaching, I’ve always been able to “find my tribe” – educators who have the same mindset as I do. Educators who are passionate about teaching and learning and kids and having fun. Because that’s the best part about teaching, IMO, the fun we have on an HOURLY basis.
I mean, who else is going to believe the crazy things that happen? Who else is going to be the shoulder you cry on? Who else is going to give you that amazing idea that you’ll use in your classroom tomorrow?
Closing ourselves off in our classrooms closes us off to learning new and creative strategies. It hinders us from learning and growing; it starves relationships.
Now, because of the internet and being a connected educator means that your tribe can be next door or across the country! How amazing is it that I’ve found so many another people who love teaching and children and learning as much as I do? It still blows my mind when I send out a tweet – AND GET AN IMMEDIATE RESPONSE! And I can’t help but think – if there is someone is every part of the world that loves teaching and children and learning as much as we do where I am; there’s NO WAY we can’t change the world!
Don’t you agree?
Until the next time,