Welcome to love2learn4life! While not entirely new to blogging, this is my re-entry to the blogging world after a year or so hiatus. Unlike my previous blogging which was predominantly done to provide information about the happenings in my grade level at school, this is purely me. Why now? After all, what could I possibly have to offer when there are so many smart and gifted educators already blogging prolifically? The simple answer is that as I learn, I feel compelled to share with others. I like to think of it as paying forward, in some small way, what I'm learning from so many of you! What I can offer is a look into how what I am learning is impacting others - the family of learners I am blessed to work with daily.
As a teacher, I have found so many wonderful educators out there from whom I learn - in my building and across the globe!! Equally thrilling is learning from my very own group of 3rd graders daily! Wow - what a charge it is to allow them some latitude in our collective learning! While many teachers are hesitant to hand the reins over to the students - for a variety of reasons - I believe that if we want to encourage our students to be leaders some day, we have to allow them the opportunity to lead the learning….not to mention that when kids take the lead, they are more vested in their learning! If we want them to be lifelong learners, it must be modeled and shared as a way of life.
As for blogging, I must admit to feeling some pressure to write something profound for this inaugural posting. I am drawn back in time 22 years when my mother gave me a journal to keep when my husband and I were expecting our first child. Mom sat cross-legged on the floor in our den, pen poised above the end page inside the front cover, ready to inscribe the new journal with a fitting message. I asked her why she wasn't writing, and she said she was trying to think of something profound to write - something to truly inspire me to use the pages as a written record of our life before and after the baby arrived. Chuckling, I chided her to just write from the heart and it would be better than profound. She did - and I did write frequently in that journal. Her words of inspiration? "Enjoy this and every stage, learn all you can from each one because they go by so quickly."
So as I close this first post, I apologize upfront if you want "profound" gleanings from an educator; instead, I promise to write from the heart. In addition, I challenge you to comment below if you can think of someone in your life who also epitomizes "loving2learn4life!"
A wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, lifelong learner, educator