Primary Preoccupation

A grade one teacher inviting the world into her classroom

Primary Preoccupation - A grade one teacher inviting the world into  her classroom

The Journey to “Connected From the Start”

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.

Page from Connected From the StartSatisfaction I’m satisfied that after a year and a half of hard work, there is a user-friendly resource for curious teachers—one full of colour, hyperlinks, pictures and video from my classroom.

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!

  • Karen Lirenman says:

    Kathy, you have watched me grow and change as an educator the past year and a half and I can’t thank you enough for being such a huge part of my journey. Through you, and others on twitter, I quickly realized how powerful it is to be a connected learner and I wanted the exact same thing for my students. While our journey is never over it is so wonderful to be on it with people like you. I hope your book helps even more realize how many incredible opportunities are out there for our students if we’re willing to give them a chance. And to be honest, I can’t be more proud to know you as a person and a friend and to know how hard you work to do the things you do for your students. You are a true inspiration. Thank you for sharing your passion.

    April 10, 2013 at 4:57 pm
    • Kathy Cassidy says:

      Karen, it has been a joy to watch you ask questions and grow at so quickly. You inspire me as well!

      April 10, 2013 at 7:33 pm
    • Diana Durbin Koehler says:

      Yay!! Thank you! I still want to visit your classroom and see Canada, but now I won’t have to work for free and go back to student teaching! Thanks–as you can see, I’m very excited to read your book. btw–I recently posted one of your youtube video on my blog for a class assignment.

      August 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm
      • Kathy Cassidy says:

        I love your enthusiasm! I’ll be excited to hear your reaction to it as well. It’s a joy to me when people find my videos to be useful.
        Good luck with your studies!

        August 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm
  • Melva Herman says:

    Kathy, your blogs, presentation at the Saskatchewan ECEC conference, your tweets & now this book have been & continue to be a source of inspiration, learning & encouragement for me. Thank you!

    April 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm
    • Kathy Cassidy says:

      Thank YOU, Melva. You probably don’t know it but you are an inspiration to me as well, particularly your passion for your students!

      April 10, 2013 at 7:57 pm
  • robcfisher says:

    Congratulations Kathy. I’m downloading your book right now and will begin sharing with our teachers today. Thanks for all you do to help us here in Northern Manitoba, (and everywhere else where you and your students are having a positive impact on the lives of others)

    April 12, 2013 at 4:34 am
    • Kathy Cassidy says:

      And thanks for buying my book, Rob! The rest is my pleasure.

      April 12, 2013 at 8:35 am

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