Who am I? For the past 10 years the answer to that question has been an aspiring teacher, and a teacher. Becoming a teacher was all consuming for me. From talking courses to get into teachers college, to working jobs to pay for college, to supply teaching and so on. The process never seemed to end.
When I finally became a supply teacher I quickly realized that teaching was what I am meant to do but I still had to learn so much to become a teacher.
I dove into the world of blogging as a way to keep busy and keep focused on my dream of becoming the best teacher I could be. ClassroomCollective.tumblr.com was born as a way for me to collect and organize ideas and be current on teaching trends. This blog snowballed into Twitter, Edcamp Ottawa, Playdate Ottawa, ONedchat, and Think Tank. It also stemmed to creating my current blog ClassroomCollective.com so that I could have more interaction with my followers and force me to reflect on my teaching practices more.
Blogging throughout this time has truly been a huge blessing in my life. It has introduced me to amazing educators that have pushed me to be a better teacher than I could have ever imagined.
But then this happened….
And my whole world shifted. I was quite sick for my first trimester and could barely eat let only blog, tweet and participate in all my extracurriculars that I had been so active in. I felt a shift that I wasn’t expecting. From being so invested in the educational community to completely separating myself from it. I couldn’t focus on it at all. And to be honest, I felt a bit lost. 10 years of focusing on education to nothing was quite the shift.
Now, I’m 6.5 months pregnant and thrilled that our baby boy will be arriving in April 2016.
I’m left wondering Who am I now?, Where do I fit in now?, What do I really want to spend my time on?, Is blogging and sharing really that important to me?, Do I continue to blog and share through another blog?, Do I combine my personal and professional Twitter accounts?
So many questions. Change is never easy but I have to say I have never been so excited.