Teaching can often feel like a lonely job, but there are nearly 4 million of us in the U.S. plugging away at it everyday.
Having trouble getting your first-graders to transition from recess to class? Want some tips on how to teach the concept of density of middle-schoolers? There are many thousands of other people dealing with the same thing. Teachers need to connect with each other, and the technology exists to do it.
Teacher Wall, backed by the Gates Foundation, is it. The press release describes it:
The Teacher Wall is a virtual town hall that gives teachers an opportunity to talk about the things that are most important to them–from challenges to “A-ha! moments,” from lessons learned to job satisfaction, from curriculum to parent engagement. The topics tackled on the Teacher Wall showcase a wide range of voices and provide teachers with a chance to interact and share with one another, all while adding to the conversation on America’s schools.
Hooray! One of the first features on Teacher Wall is a section asking teachers to describe successes they’ve achieved. At the Center for Teaching Quality retreat, I offered my two cents for Teacher Wall.
Maybe throwing this video out into cyberspace will help me connect with other AP Lit teachers. Or other teacher-writers. Who knows? Teachers are not facing challenges or earning their successes alone. This virtual resource will enrich students’ education by connecting teachers to one another. This is exciting stuff.