I was greeted this morning by a Google reminder that said it was one year ago that I started blogging. It is amazing how quickly a year can pass. More importantly, I'm in awe of how much I learned in one year.
I re-read my very first blog and I remember the enthusiasm and nervousness I felt the first time I hit the "Publish Post" button. One year later, I still get excited to hit that button. The moment is filled with: Will people understand? Will it be worthwhile? Am I making a difference? Did I spell check enough?
Admittedly, many of my first blogs were cringe worthy. Some of them reminded me of bad fashion choices in the eighties... You know that feeling you get when you look back at old photographs and say, "What was I thinking?" I tried a little too hard to be amusing and I hadn't really found my voice. As I tell my students, writing is a process that develops over time. Be real! Let your writing show who you are! I didn't always do this.
Some of my blogs were popular and the comments and re-tweets generated an addictive adrenalin rush. I couldn't believe the time people spent writing comments. It became a priority to me that I return the favor. I've made it a goal to respond to comments more efficiently. I hope I'm getting better at this.
Throughout this year, I have read and read and read other teachers’ blogs. My email subscriptions and Google reader overflow with the words and passion of educators. I read voraciously hoping to improve and learn from my cyber colleagues. Teachers share their experiences in a manner unlike any other profession. I hope I am paying it forward. I consider it an honor to read and emulate them.
When I reflect back on the past year, the most important thing I hope I accomplished was sharing how much I treasure teaching. I may stumble along the way, but I am unwavering in my passion for education and learning.
I am a teacher who loves to learn.
I can't wait to see what I learn in the next year.