This is not a new question for me to ponder.
But it does come up after especially awesome PD opportunities.
At one point that only happened when I went to conferences or took an especially enlightening grad class or settled in with a particularly empowering book.
Not these days.
There seem to be opportunities everywhere!
Just in the last two weeks, I have been able to interact with hundreds of other teachers on Facebook and Twitter to talk about the ideas in Penny Kittle’s title Book Love. (You can check all of that out on Facebook here.) And then tonight I was able to spend another face-paced hour enjoying #titletalk hosted by Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp. (Feel free to check out the entire archive site here. Tonight’s archive is available here.)
Between chats and organized book clubs, I find myself sharing links and exchanging ideas on Twitter and Facebook, blog posts and emails.
Why is this so addictive? Perhaps the fact that I get a view into the classrooms of others – and often get to see my own through the mirror of others’ comments and questions. That feedback is so critical to learners of all sorts – even those of us who are learning to be better learners and teachers. This is especially true for us as teachers since we tend to be a group that tends to feel so cut off from our colleagues even in our own building. (Some days I feel like I get to talk to my colleagues from across the country more than I do the ones down the hall…)
I can’t imagine going back to the way it was before. I love feeling this way – excited about heading in to school to spend another day with my students. I’m grateful for all of you who learn with me – near or far. I’m looking forward to another year of learning together with you and my students.