Several years ago, I was in the midst of a hard year of teaching. I had also, around the same time, discovered the power in connecting with other educators through social media. I was on a mission to notice the good. I started a photo project called #edugood. A small group of us took a photo a day of something positive and shared it. Some days it’s easy, others? It’s harder. Our classrooms, hallways, and schools are filled with so much good. The more we share it, the better for us all.
Enter Michael Buist.. who sent me a state license place with EDUGOOD on it. To this day, it’s in my office. I don’t know how in the world I’ve never met Michael in person– I mean, he’s one of the most positive folks EVER and he’s a maker creator du’jour with his students. But he’s had a positive impact on me and my teaching in so many ways.
I think I’ve come full circle when it comes to connecting online. I’m in a great place. I see tons of good every single day. Should I stop sharing it? Nope. Because there is a teacher somewhere who was that teacher I was a few years ago, in the midst of a challenging year. The truth is, we ALL need each other. We need people to support us, challenge us, listen to our crazy ideas. I count my blessings everyday that I have colleagues in my hall who “get” me and I would do anything to help them.
Speaking of good things…. Michael just beat cancer. (Michael I hope you don’t mind me shouting out for your success, but seriously, nothing’s more #edugood than YOU!) So for someone who helped ME see the good in everyday a few years ago when I just needed it, I’m sending out an international call for help to share the #edugood in YOUR day. For Michael’s success in his journey. For the teacher down the hall. For the colleague who needs it. For yourself. For our kids.
Our students all over the world deserve our very best selves and we need to do everything we can to be our very best selves. And the days we feel like we can’t carry on with our best, we can lean on each other. One hug, one tweet, one positive message on Instagram, one secret good deed that only you know about?