Did you ever notice when you read a blog, and suddenly, you need to write one, too? One blog leads to another! Then, someone tweets it and it leads to more inspiration and another blog. It seems to have a domino effect that picks up steam as it moves.
That’s how I ended up here.
First, I read “Love them before you know them” on Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension. (This is Pernille Ripp’s blog and Greta Sandler was dropping by to post before the launch of her own blog.) Here I found an eloquent and heart touching story about the difference a teacher can make through small, although powerful, moments of caring. I was flooded by memories of similar moments in my own career. Did I stop to appreciate them?
Then, this led me to “What are you looking for?” on Principal of Change. This blog challenged me to look at every child as a future – not potential, but done-deal leader! Furthermore, Couros asked me to consider what I will look for in my students this year. It was one of the moments that before I navigated away from the page, I knew I would reflect and write a blog about it.
See…. One blog leads to another.
Greta Sandler(@Gret) and George Couros’ (@gcouros) words created a swirl of emotions and were the catalyst I needed to organize my own thoughts. Lately, as I move closer to the school year, it seems as if I keep visualizing a “wordle.” I thought creating my own Wordle might be a good method to help me sort out the clutter of thoughts in my head. I randomly started typing all of the thoughts and feelings that were trying to push forward, even if the emotion repeated, and this is what happened:
The message is hope! Of course, I will be enthusiastic, work hard, persevere, etc., but I’m starting this new school year with hope, not tucked so deeply inside me, but bubbling forth with a colossal cacophony. I've often been accused of being the eternal optimist as if it were a negative thing. My friend hope took a beating last year and was badly bruised.
Due to my Twitter PLN, and most importantly #elemchat, the un-conferences such as #edcamp Philly and #ntcamp and the on-line community of bloggers, I’m rejuvenated. These super-powers have used their words and messages to make a difference.
This will be my 29th year in the profession that defines me and inspires me.
I have hope.
I hope I appreciate that I spend each day with people who typically smile at me.
I hope I look at every student and remember to really see him or her... not just glance away quickly.
I hope I connect with my students, even if it is just a gentle touch on the shoulder or a little wink as I walk by.
I hope I never stop searching for the leadership and greatness that every child has inside.
I hope each day is one of true grace where my students and I learn with each other.
So, here’s my blog because I read someone else’s who read someone else’s and so on. Thank you for enriching my life and helping hope come back.
I’m off to read another blog!