- Yes to starting a class Twitter account.
- Yes to hosting Twitter chats.
- Yes to accessing authors and educator heroes for Skype visits.
- Yes to purposefully reaching out to a fabulous and inspiring PLN of 3rd-5th grade educators.
- Yes to starting a student-to-student Twitter chat with this PLN.
- Yes to attending my first edcamp (and soon, my second).
- Yes to joining an Alabama PLN educator's new student Twitter chat (on the first day of school), focused on digital citizenship.
- Yes to collaborating with a 7th grade #sstlap educator from Missouri through a TodaysMeet back channel, discussing the Bill of Rights on Constitution Day.
- Yes to jumping on Voxer, joining a few groups and contributing/learning in a new way.
- Yes to starting my year off sharing talents through play doh, flying around the room like an airplane, and wearing an eye patch to inspire my student pirates.
- Yes to a class mantra of "You Matter" and "We are geniuses."
- Yes to participating in our first (of many) Mystery Skypes.
- Yes to making my first iMovie and Animoto videos with my students.
- Yes to using Biblionasium with my reading groups to create a motivating online book club.
- Yes to trying online eportfolios, with the help of another Twitter PLN member.
This year, I am trying anything and everything that will make a difference for my students, related to risk-taking, global connections, and their self-worth.
By saying yes, I am repeatedly pushed out of my comfort zone. There is no safety net when venturing into uncharted territory as an educator.
-I benefit by discovering the expanses of my skills and creativity as an educator.
-My students' families benefit from increased communication and children who have more enthusiasm for learning and more passion for school.
-My students benefit from teacher & peer appreciation for their talents/geniuses and participation in a classroom beyond our four walls.
Recently, I said yes to:
- an Oreo project, culminating in a Skype stacking challenge with a class in Alabama.
- a collaborative online descriptive art/writing project with another class outside my state.
- more Mystery Skypes in the next few months.
- creating an Amazing Race literature idea via Craig Kemp after reading his blog post mentioned in the #whatisschool chat.
Who knows...I just may say yes to something new tomorrow (and the next day).
Can I say that every one of these adventures has gone off without a hitch? Of course not. However, in the words of my teacher/author friend, I have dared greatly.
Do. Or do not. There is no try.
For my students, I will continue saying yes. The true measure of my impact on them will be when they start saying yes, too.