I found this post timely and useful as I am working to gather my own tribe on a new networked learning space. I have several colleagues who teach first grade in the same district as I do. Some of them happen to teach with me at my school, others I have taught with at previous schools or kept in touch with since my days of student teaching.
The very essence of teaching I have found bonds us to each other. We talk about the ups and the downs. We lean on each other when things get tough and we celebrate each other’s successes. It’s natural for our conversations even in settings outside the classroom to veer towards school. As our district changes curriculum or challenges arrive with the new math program, it’s easy to talk with this group about the pros and cons and to share ideas. I’ve decided to take this experience online with this group in order to make this sharing and learning easier and more consistent.
The lasting connections that I have made with these educators challenges me and lifts me up. There is nothing better than being able to share difficult and rewarding experiences with my tribe.