Thank you Two Writing Teachers for creating this space for me to share my corner of the world.
I have wanted to write this post for some time, so when Michelle Nero, Cathy Mere, and Laura Komos announced the title chosen for this summer's #CyberPD, I knew it was time. I was not only excited about the book they chose because I already owned it, but also because I am in the book.
Here is my story...
It was the first week in August. I was looking through my Twitter feed when I came across a tweet by Kate Roberts asking if anyone was in school yet who would be interested in piloting a lesson for a new book she was writing.
We were to start school the next day, so I tweeted her back saying I might be interested. She asked for my email so she could explain what she was wanting. After giving me a couple of days to settle in with my kids, she outlined what she needed me to do ~ teach a lesson, make an anchor chart, and have kids write. Luckily for me, that's pretty much what I do.
After several emails back and forth, I taught the lesson, made the chart, took pictures of everything, and sent it off. In every email I sent her, I always said, "If this isn't what you want, please let me know. I will not be offended if it isn't." I am sure Kate was tired of reading that, but I wanted to give her an opportunity to opt out if I totally bombed this! But she was extremely helpful and gracious!
In the acknowledgments, Kate and Maggie say, "Deep gratitude goes to Leigh Anne Eck, our first brave Twitter contributor." I laugh because it is easy being brave when you can hide behind the veil of social media. I consider myself to be a lucky Twitter contributor. I asked Kate why they chose Twitter to find contributors. She said some of it was timing, but also that they wanted to widen their community and wasn't sure how to do that. Then realized they had a whole tribe to reach out to online. I just happened to be the lucky tribe member that day!
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Who would have thought that one little tweet would have landed me in this book? I know it is just a small part, but it certainly created some excitement in our school in this small little town. And I am extremely grateful that they took a chance on us.
Almost a year ago, at the All Write conference in Warsaw, Indiana, I saw both Kate and Maggie present. They are phenonimal educators, mentors, and presenters. At that time, I did not know that two months later I was going to be asked to help them. I regret not being brave enough to come from behind the veil of social media and meet them face to face.
Kate and Maggie, hopefully I will get another chance to meet you some day soon. I will no longer be hiding!
|My student's writing!|