Today was out Superintendent's Conference Day. Overall, for me it was a positive day. Our district has, I think, a good vision. We are "Preparing Our Students for Tomorrow...Today." Another takeaway: we need to tell our story, because no one else will. I believe this.
I am fortunate to work in a fabulous school with wonderful colleagues and staff. Everyday I go to work knowing that while we may not always agree, we all want the same thing: the education and nurturing of the whole child. We believe in them and we want to know their stories. What I realized today, is that maybe, just maybe, we have many fine teachers that don't completely believe in themselves. They don't think their story is worth telling. But it is!
It has not been easy writing a slice everyday. Home circumstances have been difficult at times, and time a crunch. I have had the same thoughts; there is NOTHING in my life worth writing about. But the writing has been cathartic. I can learn from my little old ordinary life. I can learn from others, and affirm myself and them though writing and comments.
My students? It's okay to be proud of them. They do great things! Take a picture? Yeah! Put it on Twitter? Even better. Many mistakenly call this bragging. I call it sharing the wonder. When I see something other students have done, I feel happiness. I learn. Why not? For so long we have been isolated in our classrooms. If I added up all the times I wanted to share something wonderful or funny from my classroom, I'd be a wealthy woman. (A worn out phrase, I know, but true.)
So, my colleagues, TELL your story. The story of your classroom and the story of your life. Believe in yourself. Whether you are struggling, or on top of the world, someone, somewhere, may receive the inspiration they need from your words.