“Work is love made visible.” Kahlil Gibran
For my work with the DEN, there is no truer statement. Everyday, when I come to work, I do so with a heart full of love for every single member of this community. I even catch myself signing emails to community members “Love, P”. A few weeks ago, I was hanging up the phone with a colleague who signed off with a hurried, “Alright, talk to you later. Love you. Bye.” which was followed by an instant message that said, “Was that awkward? Sorry.”
It wasn’t awkward.
Everywhere I go, educators stop me and tell me that they love the DEN. I love the DEN too. When I started working at Discovery Education almost 7 years ago, the DEN was newly formed. The first time I met the educators in the DEN, I fell in love. I knew working in the DEN was where my love would be made visible.
The mission of the Discovery Educator Network is and has always been “Connecting educators to their most powerful resource… each other.” It really is a love story. DEN members are passionate about teaching and learning, and about sharing and supporting. Our love for our students drives us to be better. Our love for the common good of all students makes us want to share with others.
So, that’s why I am here. I am here because I fell in love with you. I really love the DEN. I want to support you and help you make connections. I also want to encourage you to support each other. Take a minute today, this week, this month to tell why you love the DEN. Know that when I say DEN, I’m not talking about why you love using digital media in your classroom. I’m talking about the people who are in this community.
If you are on the DEN Leadership Council, you have access to post a blog right here. Tell your story about why you love the DEN. If you aren’t, you can add a comment and I’ll post it for you. Just make sure you add your name.
NEXT, support the people who have taken a risk and are sharing their love stories. Click “like” and “tweet” on their blog posts so they know you love them too.Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about romantic love. It can be about encouraging our colleagues and friends.
So here’s what you need to do:
- Post your DEN love story
- Encourage others by clicking “like” and “tweet” on theirs.
Do that for me, OK?
PS. While you’re thinking about that, it sure is good prep for your DEN Summer Institute application video. #justsayin