Eight years ago, I started out on a journey to open up my classroom and to connect it with the world.
Today is a big day in that journey. My book, Connected From the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades is being released as an eBook. The thinking, the writing, the editing and the reediting this book has required have been an interesting part of my journey. I’ve had to reflect in a way that I never have before. As this day has FINALLY arrived, I’m feeling a lot of different emotions: trepidation, excitement, satisfaction and hope.
Trepidation Every time I publish something on this blog, I wonder. I wonder what the readers will be thinking as they read it. I wonder how they will respond. I wonder if others will see the potential that I do. A book is a lot of blog posts worth of wonders.
Excitement I’m thrilled that there is now a resource available to help teachers who want to begin connecting their classroom. I often get emails from teachers who want to start their own journey in connecting their classroom, but aren’t sure where to start. I’m happy to reply, but you can only say so much in an email. I have always wished that a resource existed that I could point those teachers to. Now there is.
Hope is by far the most powerful of the emotions I am feeling. I want those who read my book to understand the tremendous potential that there is in a connected classroom. I hope that I have written a book that will be helpful to those teachers in choosing tools that work well for any grade level, but especially for primary classrooms where our emphasis is on literacy.
I hope that teachers will use this resource to become connected and to realize the powerful potential of social media to transform their classroom from a closed community into a learning space open to the world and with a worldview.
I hope that because of this book, other teachers and classrooms are transformed the way that mine has been. I hope that other primary teachers can find ways to use tools such as blogs, Skype, and Twitter to open their classroom to the world.
I hope what I have written helps your classroom to be a connected place. If you want to go on this journey with me, you can find the book here.
My own journey with my classroom continues. I can’t wait to see where it takes us!