The Dream Team at #edcamp Philly
I am a teacher! What I do and say are being absorbed by young minds who will echo these images across the ages. My lessons will be immortal, affecting people yet unborn, people I will never see of know. The future of the world is in my classroom today, a future with the potential for good or bad. The pliable minds of tomorrow’s leaders will be modeled either artistically or grotesquely by what I do. Author Unknown
Today is the first day of summer break. It has been a long week and I am feeling overwhelmingly discouraged.
The quote above helped me realize a few things.
I love being a teacher. I value this profession and treasure the time I spend developing this calling. I’ve started analyzing why I feel so out of sorts.
I’ve come realize that there is a difference between frustration from teaching and frustration from venue. I went to #edcamp Philly in May and was so inspired by what I learned that I haven’t been able to look at my current school environment the same way. The educators I met and observed at this un-conference were my dream team! These passionate professionals’ agenda was simple: learning and sharing. If felt as though I had a sneak peek into a secret society where altruism and generosity were the norm. Yes, Twitter educators and my PLN were re-lighting my fire for teaching this past year, but this was tangible, visceral and in the flesh! Almost three weeks later, the gift of #edcamp Philly still resonates and is my catalyst for change.
I teach in a place that does not embrace technology, let alone new ideas. I am starved for leadership and growth. My ideas are frowned upon and dismissed.
As I begin this summer, I know I do not want to stop teaching. It is becoming clearer to me that my discouragement is due to location, not profession. So, as a teacher who loves to learn, it is time for me to look at things in a new way.
That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way. Doris Lessing