What message are we sending when we talk about our profession? What story are we sharing when we talk about problems we face, struggles we share, and issues that frustrate us as professionals? How is all of that perceived?
As educators, many of us have an ability to share, write, think, and learn. We share our thoughts on things we have discovered, techniques we have learned, and pieces we have written. So often now I hear about sharing our story; being the author of our own stories so that no one else can write them for us.
What then does the story say? When we write about our great school, our incredible students, and our inspiring colleagues, it says so much more. When we write about our frustration with the public for any number of things, complain about students, or school policies, it says something very different. Our task has got to be to train new educators (and current ones) to be conscious of what our stories say about so many things. Each story not only tells about the individual, but about the school, the kids, and the community.
When you share your ideas online, you are not documenting it for others to see! How will they receive it? Are they taking it the way you intended? These are important ideas to consider before publishing your ideas on a topic. How do people respond AND how does your idea change the story? Identify how the story changes from adding your perspective, then you can begin to understand what your words will mean to others.
Choose your story carefully. It should be used to inspire, connect, or share. Why else do you have a voice?