An invitation to a new reality
In his best selling personal development book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey writes:
“Independent thinking alone is not suited to interdependent reality. Independent people who do not have the maturity to think and act interdependently may be good individual producers, but they won’t be good leaders. . .”
Let’s face it. Teaching can be a lonely job–which naturally lends itself to a spirit of responsibility and independence. We come to the classroom. We meet the demands of a rigorous schedule. We inspire and support critical and creative thinking. We nurture a curiosity in our students that will prepare them for success in the 21st century. We grade papers and tests, complete paperwork, meet with parents, and monitor lunch rooms. Some of us even coach athletic teams or advise clubs and other extra-curricular activities before, during and after school. Then we go home, grab a bite to eat, touch base with our families and prepare to do it all over again the next day.
Wash, rinse, repeat.
Day after day, a teacher’s life is filled with the needs of our students. Independence? It’s in the job description. Unfortunately, this doesn’t leave much room for meaningful professional interaction. If that sounds about right, consider this an invitation to change your reality.
Simply put, We Teach We Learn is a community of educators reflecting, sharing and growing. Sometimes we celebrate because our students amaze us. Sometimes we commiserate, because it isn’t always pretty. We’re all human after all, and when you care about the craft of teaching, it’s natural to have moments of doubt. We can’t help but notice, however, that something magical happens when teachers get together and begin to share. An understanding flows from the recognition of a common experience. This flow carries along with it a natural desire to support and inspire, to empathize and nurture.
Walls come down, and from the rubble, we build new paths on which to take new journeys and connect with new friends. Together, we resonate and energize. We bolster confidence and enthusiasm. Shifts take place. Imagination opens doors. Hidden possibilities emerge, and we remember again why we chose this most unique profession.
We Teach We Learn is a place to get together. To connect. To share. To grow. To refresh a weary spirit. To collaborate. To join in a powerful community of teachers who take pride in the fact that they are also learners. To move from professional independence to interdependence.
How to best use We Teach We Learn (because we’re all about making your life easier)
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In closing, we’d just like to welcome you. We Teach We Learn is designed specifically for sharing, inspiration, and professional growth. Please make yourself at home and your voice heard. You have much to share, and we have much to learn from you.