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Storytelling is an art, but it does not have to be a painful, arduous, or time consuming task. I think many of us in the connected world have been telling our stories since we signed on to a social media tool. The challenge for all of us is to take it beyond our own professional experiences and begin to share more stories of those educators doing incredible work who deserve to be honored for positively impacting the life of a child. It is through the work of educators that we can see excellence in practice each and every day in our students. In the end we'll emerge as a more reflective and grateful profession as we unlock greatness that is present throughout schools across the globe.
My challenge to all of you is to become the storyteller-in-chief for your school, community, and/or PLN. Share the success of your students, colleagues, and those that you connect with online. Look for those special moments in your buildings that are being done by innovative teachers and administrators that are not connected. Try experimenting with guest blog posts from educators and students. Encourage colleagues to attend and participate in Edcamps or Twitter chats. When at a mainstream conference go up to someone you don't know and capture their story. I bet that you will make that educators day!
I believe awards and honoring educators through the art of storytelling can coexist even if we don't agree. Let's just agree to pursue the better path in the near term that is positive, supportive, and inspiring. Together we are better even in the face of challenges and disagreement. It's time for all of us to do our part through action and in the process it will honor members of our amazing profession.