This morning, my SDAWP (San Diego Area Writing Project) cohort had a reunion since finishing up our Summer Institute back in July. It was great to see everyone again and to catch up with each other’s lives. Then, the real work began. Our opening writing prompt asked us to tell how the Summer Institute impacted our pedagogy and/or us personally. I realized that going through SI has connected me to other educators, authors, etc. through social media. I mentioned in my writing that I would have never ventured into the world of Twitter or the blogosphere if it weren’t for my involvement with the SI. I realized that I do not need to be isolated within the confines of my classroom walls. I can learn about what other people are doing in theirs, and I can share what I am doing in mine. Kim Douillard, director of SDAWP, helped me realize that my tweets and blogs are not only read by the few followers I have, but they go beyond. People who like what they read can retweet to their followers and so on and so on. One of the reasons why I did not want to even participate in social media is because I thought I had nothing valuable to say or offer. I always felt no one else would want to know about my learnings or observations, but that is not true. I have learned that something I do can inspire someone else.
The second way that SI has affected me is that I realize I have leadership potential. I have a new-found confidence. As a result of my learnings, I decided to go for my administrative credential. The SI challenged me to think about how I can affect change. What can I do to change the world? That to me is exciting.
Interestingly enough, the last part of our morning was spent on talking about leadership. What does it mean to be a leader? Can anyone be one? How important is good leadership? We had awesome discussions in small groups and whole group.
I really enjoyed the morning. It was just what I needed to focus me on my goals. It has allowed me to rethink what I am doing in the classroom. It has reminded me that it is okay to take risks. Be fearless and not fearful. It was just the kick in the pants that I needed to get me going again. I feel motivated and energized. Thanks SDAWP!