After Hurricane Sandy effected the northeast I headed down to NJ to lend my folks a hand. The main highway I would normally take was closed in many spots so I had to drive north, across Massachusetts and then south. On my way I passed convoy after convoy of tree service, fuel tankers and power line crews from Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Some had banners hanging off the sides of the trucks. “NJ here we come.” “NY you are not alone.” At a rest stop people were buying the crews coffee and snacks for the road. When I entered NJ I was a lone car a mists the convoys.
This Saturday I passed a convoy of military vehicles and it brought me right back to that memory. I thought of all these people joining together to complete a mission; be it post storm restoration or the defense of our nation. If you have ever been part of such a team then you know the feeling of “being able.” Being able to get the job done, surpass obstacles, persevere, and pull together. It is an empowering feeling being part of a mission driven group.
I am an educator and I am a member of such a team. We have a mission and for the most part we are driven. Though on occasion we loose our energy and the feeling of “being able.” It is at these times I need to dip into the well and reconnect with other educators for inspiration, motivation and restoration. I am very grateful for the network of educators to which I belong. In many ways it is like being a member of a convoy. We are on a mission and we can get the job done.
October is Connected Educator month. I learn, grow and am challenged by colleagues. Being connected has made me a better educator and I hope I have helped others do the same. If you have not connected with a variety of educators from around the globe then you may be missing out. Please check out Connected Educators and get connected.