Day Seven: My Most Inspirational Colleague Is . . .

This is a tough one.  I have thought hard about this latest prompt from the 30-day Blogging Challenge.  Who is my most inspirational colleague?

I have worked with inspirational colleagues from the day I started teaching 29 years ago.  I currently work with many wonderful and inspirational colleagues.  I learn from them every day and try to imitate their practices.  It is impossible to choose one, really.

So, I’m taking a different approach.  Instead of naming a person, I am going to name a tool that has connected me to a world of inspirational colleagues:  Twitter.  About four years ago, a teacher in my school (who is very inspirational) told the staff how his professional life was transformed from the connections he made on Twitter.  I was intrigued.

Soon after, I signed up for Twitter, with every intention of gaining the same benefits my colleague had mentioned.  It didn’t happen.  Other priorities took over and I never got past the initial hurdles of establishing connections through Twitter.

This past year, however, I had to use Twitter as part of my sixth year program.  After a year of “guided practice,” I can now say that Twitter has introduced me to many inspirational colleagues from around the world.  I am still trying to learn how to manage this influx of information while trying not to feel overwhelmed, but this is a good problem.  Check out who I follow on Twitter to see where I get my inspiration.

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