It’s great when a fellow teacher sees power in public communication. Here’s Janet Ilko’s comment on our latest post about her journey:
Thanks for sharing my blogpost. I have been blogging for about 2 years now, at www.writinginmyhand.org, about my classroom and working with students. I ran across your site a few months ago, and initially I thought “What can I do? I am just one voice?” But I have come to realize that one voice inspires another, and that is how change happens.
I just want to clarify that at that morning meeting [with local business people] I was asked “What do you need?” , but it will take time to build those relationships that will help us find funding. The important thing we need to do as educators is bring people into our classrooms. Go out to our communities and really reach out and invite them in. The more people see the wonderful work in so many classrooms, the less value the negative media machines will have on policy makers. We have the power, and in my opinion, the duty to make sure the messages about our classrooms are accurate and fair.
Thanks, Janet! Surely this will encourage more teachers to speak up. Check out Janet’s blog by linking here.