We need to celebrate each other more often. I am bursting with pride right now, pride in the work that my colleagues do. Times are tough, money is tight, PSSAs loom on the dreary March horizon, but let’s all pause for a minute and remember that York Suburban teachers are some of the hardest-working, innovative, dedicated, caring and AMAZING educators out there!
I have evidence (hey, one could even call this a data-driven post!). Have you checked out our public listing of blogs lately? I recently viewed this list. I clicked on a link to see what was going on in our blogs. I was IMPRESSED. I clicked another. And another. And another! And on and on….
Some teachers are posting daily class recaps, complete with notes and assignments. Others make announcements. Many include pictures. A few even include STUDENT work and student blog posts! I want to link to specific blogs to prove my point, but I don’t want to embarrass anyone by specifically pointing out their work (or offend anyone for not linking to them!).
Surely the students and parents (not all, but many!) utilize and appreciate this effort to stay connected. These educators are brave and confident folks, who take the time to maintain a transparent classroom — a classroom that allows the public to peek inside. We teachers need to stop being so secretive about the hard and important work that we do. These blogs stand as examples of one way that we can let the world know that we’re serious about educating children, and we strive to be connected and available.
Sometime in the next week, make sure you check out your colleagues’ work. (Hint: Right-click on links in the list to have the option to open each link in a new tab. Open a bunch in new tabs, and then view and close each tab — we’ll call it a Trojan Tab Tour.)
If you are as impressed as I am, please make sure you COMMENT on one of their blog posts to tell them that you think what they are doing is fantastic. IT IS. And they should hear that!
Way to go, York Suburban! CHEERS! I couldn’t work with better people!