In my first five years of teaching I have gone from frenetic new teacher to anti-sharing to lurking on Twitter to hesitation to quietly sharing to growing advocate. In spite of starting this blog a few months ago, I am surprised but pleased to find myself writing an entire post on the significance of processing and sharing our learning as educators.
Sharing makes you vulnerable.
I previously avoided sharing (like the plague) for a few reasons, some of which were “advice” from fellow educators and some that were simply in my mind. Let’s look at three big reasons I avoided sharing my teacher lifestyle and why I decided that I had to overcome these fears.
Statement #1: What if my principal or my colleagues sees my writing?
I decided that it was more important to share, collaborate and grow than to live in fear of a concern that may only be in my mind. I do not post images of my students and I have a disclaimer in my footer indicating that the beliefs and opinions stated on this blog are my own. I am simply sharing and creating my own story as I go and holding myself accountable for continued growth in a public space.
If you are particularly concerned about recrimination or discrimination from your peers, share anonymously. You can choose a twitter handle or blog name that protects your anonymity.