Early January of 2010
And I can't tell you what
A life changer it's been!
Educators were challenged
To start a blogging task
Was I ready for this? Could I commit?
Are some of the questions I asked.
Then I sent out a note
"What if I fail?" I really said it aloud
Then right away came a response
From a most amazing crowd!
"Try it for now...
There's no pressure you'll see"
That's how the Edubloggers
Thoroughly encouraged me!
I took their advice, their tips and suggestions
Then started to plan and started to write
Lo and behold Teaching is Elementary
Was born late that same night!
My very own blog
I was pleased and so thrilled.
Yet the thoughts remained
Did I have enough skill?
But as I continued
There was a new challenge to connect
With our novice fellow bloggers
Which left me feeling not sure what to expect.
But this is what happened
I tell you, it's true
My online friends and colleagues
Went to many from few!
Comments were left on his blog and hers
Good 'netiquette' had us respond
Conversations were started
In the process, a bond!
With many of those folks
I remain friendly to this day
We joined educators on Twitter
And we're here to stay!
We share our craft and our ideas
To make learning the best
Our students are the recipients
Of their teachers' quest
Being connected to one another
Means the world to us all
For expanding our knowledge
Surely flattens the classroom walls.
So if you think you might try it
Don't be afraid, just do
As you'll be surprised by the benefits
To your students and you!
A special thank you to:
- Karen Janowski for putting the idea of blogging in my brain during a course at Simmons College
- Cheryl Farley for inviting me to be a part of the Kick Start Your Blog Teacher Challenge
- Sue Waters, Edublogger, and her partners who created the challenge. They created more than a challenge - it has become a wonderful family of people sharing and continuing conversations!
- My #4thchat, #elemsci and Twitter PLN - so many wonderful people. I appreciate all your knowledge, kindness, openness and wisdom! You're the best!
Hope you will too! Here is some advice to new bloggers from my PLN!
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