The Educational Profession, as a whole, is at times a lonely profession. We come to work everyday with lesson plans in our heads, a growing to-do list, and a sense that we can never quite get ahead. So much of our planning is internal, debating an activity, researching a strategy, questioning an event from yesterday, or even weighing options for a problem. We wrestle inside with issues, celebrate our successes, and search for answers with very little substantial day-to-day input from others. We may work in a building surrounded by many other professionals, but, traditionally, educators, especially those new to the profession, sometimes feel alone Often a lack of time, opportunity, or relationship causes us to live on an island of ourselves. Quick conversations in the hallway between periods rarely add up to substantial connection. Fear of seeming anything less than perfect, hinders some from asking for help. Formal meetings don’t allow an organic relationship to develop. We work through problems. We make decisions. We question. We succeed. Basically, alone. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Down the hall. On the other side of town. In the next city over. Across the state. Across the region. Across the country. There is an educator, who, just like you, is passionate about bettering the lives of their students. Empowered with curiosity and creativity. Hungry to learn. Hoping to surround themselves with positive, inspiring, energetic, supportive professionals. This is could be your dream team.
The world today is a connected world. Social media tools, such as, Twitter, Voxer, Facebook, or blogging platforms are a valuable link in the search for that connection. Collaboration between schools, communities, and even states is stronger than ever before. How can you resist connecting with someone who shares your goals, your day to day struggles, or even your sense of humor? It’s time for educators to find and surround ourselves with a group of people who will strengthen, not diminish, the superpowers that we already have. It’s time to find your dream team! Join us in this week’s #EdChatRI as we discuss the importance of collaboration between the professionals of our state. Let’s better the lives of our students, by strengthening the relationship with each other. Inspire and be inspired. We are all in this together.
Don Miller -