I survived my first week of my eighteenth year teaching. Each year I marvel at the amount of effort that we as teachers put into starting up a year. Last week seems like a blurr to me now, but my heart stirs inside of me. I love seeing the the faces of my new and old colleagues light up with passion and excitement when they have a new idea to share or a “come see what I did moment”! We are building a team on our 4th/5th hallway as teachers stop to talk for a fleeting moment, as they walk down the hall taking their kids to lunch, to stop and share an idea with each other, a strategy, or a moment with a student they had. We shout out good morning to each other as we enter the hallway. We share tweets, websites, comings and goings. We are building the blocks. Just this week one of the youngest teachers cooked more dinner than needed the previous night and brought in and shared with us. Then others brought in something extra and added to the dish. It turned out great! Spontaneous! If filled the air with excitement, passion, something different! Others have shared success stories, complimented each other and thanked teachers for being positive. That bright light.
Communicating, smiling, talking, the body language we share with each other. It is simple. We build. We as teachers, are passionate about our jobs and we can bring that into our hallway, classrooms, school community. It just takes willingness to be happy at what we do. This community that we are building will only help us become better at our craft. I had planned on writing about introducing the kids to DE and how excited they are, but my hands just typed about building a team of teachers. I guess I will save my DE and SOS strategy for another night. But tonight it was about building a community in our hallway. Short but sweet.