It’s been almost two months since I returned from my nine-state CritterKin road trip. Along the way I was able to meet and talk with teachers I’d met and befriended on Twitter as I built my PLN. Though virtual, they were already trusted friends.
The teachers and administers I met with on that trip are wonderful educators, committed to rekindling education’s flame, believing that child-centered education is alive and possible. This despite slanderous, anti-teacher media coverage and cruel and oppressive standardized testing.
Meeting these educators face-to-face, walking the halls of their schools and visiting their classrooms, confirmed what I’d already seen among the #hashtags. It’s something I think we must salute and celebrate every single day- professional and gifted teachers, innovating with new and old media, making their students and our children their absolute priority. Ignoring the naysayers, they are learning to believe in themselves and their students. Moreover, they are part of a larger and growing group of geographically distributed and connected teachers, all of whom have one goal in mind – make education work for every single child.Read More