After debating many times with myself about whether or not starting a website and a blog was a good idea, I finally decided Why not? I realized that I always encourage other people to go out on a limb and try new things, but when it comes to encouraging myself, I don't do it. Fear holds me back. Fear of making a mistake, fear of looking foolish, fear of what other people will think, fear of success. It takes a lot of energy to be afraid though. So again, I asked myself Why not? It is time to put my fears behind me and just do it!
This is the beginning of a new adventure for me! It is a time to stretch my mind and grow, professionally and personally.
The process of building and publishing a website was the first step in my new adventure. In the last month, I have learned a lot about all the technology that is available for teachers to use with their students. It is inspiring and exciting! For example--I never knew that Twitter could be such a great professional resource! I have read dozens of articles tweeted by other educators that have changed my way of thinking and positively influenced me in the classroom. I also learned how to convert a song from iTunes to an MP3 (thank you online tutorials!). And I learned that building a website--though it is time consuming--is not impossible! Even though my technological knowledge is still pretty basic, this new learning has lit a fire beneath me!
This blog is the second step in my new adventure! Will anyone care what I have to say? Maybe. Maybe not. But is there any harm in trying it out? I tell my students that "writing is very important." What better way to practice my craft than to start a blog? This is a way for me to articulate the thoughts and ideas that float around in my head, which sometimes wake me up at 2:00 in the morning! And for some reason, it makes me feel smarter to write something down, to edit and revise. Of course, then I have to publish........
You are invited to join me on this adventure! Who knows where it will go, but I will enjoy the process of getting there and maybe someone reading this will be inspired to start their own adventure!
Happy Travels and Happy Teaching!!