New Year, New Start

Here I am, on the evening on January 5, 2016, beginning to fulfill this year’s New Year’s resolution – write a blog.

I was inspired to start blogging when my assistant principal connected me with Twitter last fall (yes, I am just slightly behind).  J  I thought Twitter was simply a pop culture medium where teenagers and celebrities shared momentous events in their lives.  I had no idea that Twitter is a place for professionals to share thoughts, educational best practices, and advice on teaching.

I went to Twitter a few times just trying to understand the ins and outs.  It was clear when I entered my first educational chat that I had no idea what I was doing.  I didn’t understand the acronyms (PLN, Ss, Ts, etc.), and yes, I Googled them.  Before long, I was participating in chats.  The wealth of knowledge was astounding.  Twitter had opened my eyes to a world of education I had never known.

In these chats, educators from around the world offer strategies and tips for teachers and administrators to take back and use in their own schools.  There is no “show-boating.”  There is no “hiding the good stuff” – everybody who participates in these chats has one very common goal – “do what’s best for kids.”

So why did it take me so long to join the ranks of Twitter and blogs?  I had shied away mostly because I thought I was too busy.  We all know teaching is a serious time commitment, and I thought these mediums would inhibit productivity.  I was so very wrong.  Twitter has inspired me in ways few other professional development opportunities have.

Thanks to Twitter leaders and bloggers Pernille Ripp (@pernilleripp), Starr Sackstein (@mssackstein), Alice Keeler (@alicekeeler), and others.  You have empowered me as an educator.  You have pushed me to try new things in the classroom …things that have directly benefited my students.  In just the last four months, I have researched, created, and applied so many new instructional strategies with my 8th graders.

So, why am I blogging here today?  In addition to the blogs and Tweets that inspired me to try new things, some were reminiscent of my own views and experiences in education.  I read some posts that I felt had been written about my own classroom.  I had never blogged because I didn’t feel that I had anything to say that other educators would want to read. (What unique things do I implement in the classroom that is worthwhile to anyone else?)  But, when I repeatedly read blogs that I felt like I could have written, I began pondering my role in the blogging universe.

So…here it is.  My first blog. I hope I can inspire others as so many of you have inspired me.

Thanks for reading,

Sara Hoeppner

“The most important story we will ever write in life is our own – not with ink, but with our daily choices.”

-Richard Paul Evans

 

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