VOICES FROM THE iTDi COMMUNITY: AN INTRODUCTION
It is my great privilege in this issue of the iTDi blog to begin a summer series introducing some of the voices from our community. Over the next three issues, you’ll read some amazing stories from some amazing people. The stories are amazing because they are true and because they come straight from the heart. The people are amazing because they have chosen to share something deeply true. These stories are travel narratives, written by teachers on a journey of professional and personal development. In each of these narratives, the writer in one way or another will tell you that professional and personal development are really two sides of the same coin: inseparable. All of the stories share some common elements, yet each one is unique for each story is written in an authentic voice. As you read, you will hear the true voice of education: the voice of a teacher speaking with truth and authenticity from the heart.
To frame these stories I have asked teachers a series of questions that they have answered in their own way. My questions were:
What are you passionate about?
How and why did you become a teacher?
What are you most interested in right now?
What’s the biggest challenge you face as a teacher?
What advice would you give a teacher just starting out a journey of professional development?
Is there any blog or online link you’d like to recommend?
What’s your favorite quotation about teaching or education?
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
In this issue you will read how Annie Tsai in Taiwan, Debbie Tevovich in Argentina, Bruno Andrade in Brazil, Josette Leblanc in Korea, and Kevin Stein in Japan answered these questions. As you read and reflect on what they have shared, take some time to think and reflect on how you would answers the same questions. I would like to invite you to answer the questions as well.
If you would like to share your own story, please visit the iTDi website where you will find these questions listed one by one as topics in the Social Forum under the heading Voices From the iTDi Community. Feel free to answer them all in as much depth as you wish by posting to the Forum. Likewise, feel free to just answer just one or two of the questions. It’s up to you.
You’re also free to just browse, read and reflect, but I do hope you will share your story as well. By adding your own story, you will help build a community: a community of teachers, each with a unique voice, each with a true story, each one a person on a journey of professional and personal development. As I am on the same journey as everyone else in our community, you will find my own answers in the Social Forum as well. Meanwhile, I invite you to read here in this iTDi Blog issue what Annie, Debbie, Bruno, Josette, and Kevin have shared. I am sure you will find their stories as amazing as I have as I put this issue together. It is not only a privilege to share these stories with you. It is also an honor for me to be a member of the iTDi community, in the company of such truly inspirational people: Real teachers, in every sense, on a journey.
iTDi Community Director