After reading Dana Watts’ post Building a Culture to Develop a Voice That Matters, I realized that I am indeed grappling with the idea of “my voice” and sharing it with a global community.
I am the teacher she mentions who is “afraid to add to the noise.” Yet the message that we need to share our ideas, reflections, successes and mistakes so that the cycle of learning can continue is indeed a very powerful one. I can not walk away from that. Yet I find myself needing to share my voice in my own way, and going slow and setting up formats that work for me seem to be a part of that, even if they are not the norm. It reminds me of what we as educators need to remember to do in our classrooms- enable students to walk into an educational setting and “own” it so that they feel comfortable and confident to share their “voice.”