#AprilBlogADay — #4
“The most important story we will ever write in life is our own — not with ink, but with our daily choices.” — Richard Paul Evans
I have been a teacher for 16 years. And for 15 of those years, I have taught in an affluent district with involved parents, dedicated teachers, and passionate administrators. I thought our success (high standardized test scores, graduation rates, and percentage of students going on to college) was because we were quality teachers.
I have been actively involved in Twitter and blogging now for all of 6 months. But…in that 6 months, I have been exposed to thoughts, ideas, lessons, and advice from teachers and administrators from all over the world. I have seen intense passion for education and a willingness to spread that passion to others. Some of the ideas that others are sharing have made me feel…well, inadequate. Inspired…but inadequate. I see teachers produce these amazing, student-centered, mindful, active lessons while maintaining home lives, children, book writing, blog writing, Twitter Chat creating, and more.
What am I doing? I am teaching. I am grading. I am communicating with parents. Just recently I have started blogging. How do these teachers do it…and do it well?
To be honest, I have no idea how they do it. Maybe they are just better multi-taskers than I am. BUT, while I am feeling inadequate, I am also feeling inspired to affect lives the way these teachers and administrators are. I hope by “stealing” lesson ideas from others, I will become better at my job and able to contribute to education in the ways they have.
Today, I am humbled. I feel horribly inadequate, but am inspired to be more. More for me, more for my students, more for my school, more for the world of education.
Accepting advice! 🙂