The blogging community is a global village and we get to meet an amazing group of people from all walks of life who share their lives, experiences and skills. As a generation, those of us in our 60s and who would a decade or so ago, been put out to pasture, have a new platform to continue to be active, expand our community share our knowledge and to learn new skills. Isolation is not healthy and I know that I benefit every day from the interactions I enjoy online. Pete Springer has kindly written a post about me which is amazing and I am very grateful. It does apply also to so many of you who support, guide and encourage other bloggers and I hope you will read and appreciate how much what you do makes a difference.
I’ve been blogging for less than a year; I’d like to think I’ve learned a couple of things during that time. One thing that has jumped out at me is the similarity between my former life (teaching), and one of my newer pursuits (writing). Both endeavors are primarily individual pursuits, and yet the support of others around us is the fuel that keeps our engines going.
When I came out of college, I was only partially ready for all of the challenges that awaited me in the classroom. I had certain advantages that many others did not, having worked as a teacher’s aide for several years. While many of my teacher prep classes focused on learning theory, the best education took place through my practical experiences in elementary classrooms.
When I was starting my teaching career, I learned that many educators were willing to take the time to help. I…
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