It’s terribly difficult to make time for this blog when there’s no outside reason pushing me to do just that, so I’m excited that Tricia posed this opportunity to blog over the next five months with some support of a few others joining this short journey. I always have such great intentions to write here, but, well, you know…
As part of this challenge, a series of potential prompts was posted. Inspired by Sonya terBorg’s Learning2 talk this spring at the American School of Warsaw entitled, “Who is Your Amy?” I’ve decided to write a bit about the Amy’s in my life.
Sonya was inspired by the work of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and shared her views thoughts about this incredible author at the conference. She left us with the question, “Who is your Amy? Who inspires you to do more?”
For me, there can’t just be one person. When I think of the collective group of people in my life, there are several people who I take inspiration from, who encourage me to strive for more, to be the best version of myself that I can be.
One of those people is a former co-worker, who shared her wisdom with me for three years and was a constant source of reassurance and guidance. She had a great listening ear and often knew just the right piece of advice to offer. She kept up with many new trends, apps, and strategies in education and was always willing to share her knowledge without hesitation. This co-worker is a great mother, teacher, learner, but most importantly, friend. Tammy, thank you for your wisdom and your willingness to give so much of yourself to others! I feel so blessed to have had three years of your side by side partnership! Follow Tammy on Twitter for your own source of inspiration.
Like Sonya, I’m also inspired by someone I’ve never met. I watch the videos posted by Casey Neistat to YouTube and find his passion and attitude refreshing. Casey strives to do more and become the best version of himself. (This sounds strikingly similar to Amy Krouse Rosenthal.) Some days Casey’s videos are just fun, and sometimes educational, but often he offers words of wisdom acquired through his years of experience in business, film and life. Listening to him inspires me to do more, try harder, and push myself to become better. I even mentioned Casey last year in my own L2 talk.
My entire PLN on Twitter has also become a huge source of inspiration. I follow so many amazing people who continue to share new and innovative methods that encourage learning and growing amongst our students and ourselves. This includes some amazing educators like Tricia, who digest books like a crazy person, Pana, who’s always sharing some super creative coding ideas, and Kim, who is helping me navigate the beginning of our iPad and portfolio adventures with so many great ideas and answering a myriad of ridiculous questions that I have. And this just skims the surface because there are so many amazing men and women that help to inspire so many educators like myself around the world.
Who are the people that inspire you and why? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!