Have to start somewhere…

After much hemming, hawing, and old-fashioned procrastination I have finally arrived. I have spent the last few months wanting to start blogging about my experiences as a teacher, but as we all know there is a tremendous difference between wanting to do something and actually doing something. So finally, here I am.

If you were to suggest to me six months ago that I would be blogging about my life as an educator I would have thought you certifiably insane. In only my second year of teaching I had enough on my plate: lesson planning, grading, meetings, the ins and outs and ups and downs of each unique day in a high school, coaching, and tutoring. Just the thought of adding one more item to the list was enough to send me into a tailspin. Yet, all of that changed just before winter break this past December; I signed up for Twitter.

Utilizing Twitter as a tool to grow and enhance my practice is easily best decision I have made professionally. Despite having outstanding colleagues with whom I share the halls, lunch room, and computer lab in quiet, northwest Connecticut, branching out and connecting with educators in places such as California, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, and New Hampshire has been an experience unlike any other. Being able to ask experienced educators from all over the country any question at any hour is invaluable. From the moment I clicked ‘Sign up for Twitter’ everything changed.

I am now part of a PLN full of innovative and creative thinkers who value what they do and motivate me to push myself daily. In them I see what I want eventually want to be. They are humble yet confident, progressive yet principled, resolute yet open-minded. I have learned so much in the last few months from simply engaging in the dialogue that I cannot imagine where I would be if I hadn’t.

So, because of them and because of my own desire to push myself I am going to make a concerted effort to share my struggles and successes with those of you who choose to stop here and join me once in a while.