I am not the best blogger. I have decided to write "Go blog" in my planner and stick to it. Hopefully someone out there reads it. The world is so "in your face". The kids of this age are so open and yet maybe a little closed. They post when they are brushing their teeth, but they hide behind a screen. My 12 year old made a comment about someone being very social because he played online games every night. The person is one of the least social beings I know. How the children see things so differently! I am pondering whether we are creating a more social culture or one more guarded by the lack of face to face interactions.
February is my LEAST favorite month as a teacher. The newness has worn off, spring standardized testing is looming, everyone is stuck inside to often, and Summer is in view. The first year February was bearable was the year I began teaming. I finally had some other people who shared my frustrations and encouraged me. I have had some experiences in the last few weeks, which make me know the face to face interactions I have with teachers invigorate me and fuels my own passion. We are very social creatures and need encouragement. We also need to encourage. Opening doors and listening is one of the most powerful gifts we give our peers.
So, as I sit here hiding behind my screen, I am making myself a challenge to interact with someone different each day this coming week. In that interaction I will make a concerted effort to encourage and reflect. I am wondering what will happen.
I am a teacher, which in a single word, sums up my passions and my belief in the future.