Who was or is your most inspirational colleague, and why?
I'm going to cheat and say my most inspirational colleague is a composite: a combination of every teacher who taught me, by example, to just do it.
Want to get stuff graded and out of the way? Sara Griffin taught me to just do it.
Want to create and maintain a school garden or make learning come alive with chips, hot dogs, and rock and roll? Jody Dixon taught me to just do it.
Want to switch to a paperless, project-based learning class with community mentors for individual projects? Geoff Crosson taught me to just do it.
Want to get kids solving real-world problems and preparing for real-life issues like health insurance and nutritional choices? Kristin Lampe taught me to just do it.
Want to enlist parents to get kids off their butts to take responsibility for getting their work done or find the perfect (free) online tool for that project you want to do? Sharanda Payseur taught me to just do it.
Want to get kids to take ownership of what goes on their school, to lead the way and make it what they want? Russ Paul taught me to just do it.
Want to show kids how to look inside themselves and really see and understand the people around them, to care? Lauren Dixon taught me to just do it.
So many of my colleagues have given me so much over the years: in ideas, in patience, in hope--and that's even without delving into everything my online colleagues have shared! We are all in this together, but if there is one thing I have learned from the people I have worked with day in and day out, it is this. If there is something you wish you could do with your kids, for your kids, or beyond your kids?
Just do it.