I’ve been a little absent (again) over the past few weeks. It’s hard to find time and make time to write when the holiday season is so busy! But I want you to know that I’ve been working. I’ve been working on writing a book, which feels crazy to me. I’ve wanted to write a book for so long, and I think I finally found a topic. I’ve heard (as I believe we all have) that you should write about what you know. So I’m writing about building a community.
I think educators spend a lot of time alone. We are, typically, very social creatures, but there is an inherent solitude to teaching. We are supposed to collaborate with other teachers, and many of us do on our own. Those of us who don’t are typically required to do so regardless. However, for the majority of the day, we are the only adult around. We interact with children who cannot truly be our peers. (And we should not be looking for them to be our peers!) Since moving into my new position as an Instructional Technology Coach two years ago, I have struggled a lot with feeling alone.
This leads me to my focus on building a community. I think in order to avoid burnout, building a community is more than something nice to do… It’s a necessity! Building community has become much easier to do since the advent of Twitter. By following some great educators, you can begin to feel your world expanding. Look at @Edu_match, @DavidGeurin, and me! (Shameless plug!!)
Happy teaching with tech, my friends!!