The greatest gift educators can give to their colleagues and students is a collaborative spirit and a willingness to be openminded. Since we live in a world of constant flux, stress, and agendas, we need to take the time to step back, reflect, and then move forward. One of my parting gifts to myself when I retired from a districtwide directorship in English Language Arts, ESL, Testing, and a myriad of other duties was to find the time to write.
Since June of 2013 I retired to unretire as an ELA Consultant. I wrote my first blog back then, and have continued to write everyday. I do not blog daily. I wait until the voice inside me has a reason to take flight about something that is meaningful to me. I find myself writing poetry more these days because it is my spontaneous movement of thought to paper. I have always been driven by a desire to express myself in written words and so tonight I dedicate the following poem to the connected educators, entrepreneurs, leaders, writers and folks that I have met this year via Twitter. I am submitting it to Poetry Friday as part of a writing routine that I have just started.
Because collaboration is an essential component of being connected, I will ask that you take a tour of the Showcase of Teaching and Learning, an online posting of best learning, best practices, and special blog posts, hosted by two online state chats (#NYEDChat and #njed). What you will see posted is the beginning of a global share by connected educators.
After that tour, please continue your journey to REFLECT WITH ME: Summer Serenity to find the opening of a virtual gallery of artistic expressions, original photos and poems that will express what summer serenity is and where you can find it.
With launching of these sites, I feel confident that reflective writing will guide our journeys and help us understand the nature of the collaborative spirit and a growth mindset that will lead us to an abundant one.
Thank you for stopping by to read my thoughts on what being one connected educator amongst many others represents to me.
Enjoy reading the poem and consider contributing to the above sites for
Collaboration and Writing Matter!