I have been putting this off because it makes me very nervous to write an actual blog post. This blog was created on July 18th, but has not included an actual blog post from me.
Little steps have been taken to create this blog. I have been looking at other blogs, reading Tweets on Twitter, and communicating with other educators. This past summer has been a life-changer for me and "ReadWonder" is just one of those changes.
I finished my 21st year of teaching last spring. It was a difficult year and to be honest I was probably at one of my lowest points professionally. I was ready to close the door to my classroom, head home for the summer, and not think about teaching for the next ten weeks. Well, that was the farthest thing from what actually happened.
Last spring I was curious about Twitter. I signed up for an account (much to the dismay of my teenagers) and started to poke around. While at a soccer game for my son, I Tweeted about the book Fake Mustache. I wasn't sure who would read it because I didn't have any followers. The details aren't clear today, but somehow Donalyn Miller saw my Tweet and as they say the rest is history.
Today I am at 208 followers of the most motivating and inspirational educators, authors, and teachers. Twitter has opened up a whole new world to me and there wasn't a better time that this could have happened. I feel more energized and excited for the upcoming school year than I have been in years.
There are so many people to thank for this change in my professional life. Mentioned earlier is Donalyn Miller who had been a mentor to me ever since I read her book The Book Whisperer. Two other people that have me in awe are Colby Sharp and Mr. Schu. It has been an incredible summer following their tweets and keeping up with their blogs. Their excitement over reading, books, and teaching can be felt through the E-Waves!!!
During my twenty-one years of teaching I have always had a passion for reading and books. I love both books for my students and books for my own pleasure. It is surprising to me that my love for literacy is even bigger and more intense than ever before. My fourth graders are in for a year of wonderful books, extraordinary characters, and more reading than they have ever done.
There are so many more people that I could thank for getting me started on this new journey of Twitter, blogs, and sharing electronically (Learning 2.0), but I don't think I can list all 208 of you. Hopefully you know who you are.
If you do read this post and have any suggestions, I'm an open book so please feel free to give any feedback. I think I now know how my student writers might feel when I ask them to share their writing. It can be very scary, but I think I'm ready to hit the publish button...