A community is used to bring various people together to advocate and support one another. As human beings, having a sense of belonging is a natural desire and if that need is not met, it makes it difficult for individuals to obtain other needs.
(Refer to a chart of maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Needs here). https://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html
Not to be downplayed but just as it is important to be a part of a community in our personal lives, it is equally important to be connected to a positive community in the workplace. Notice how I said POSITIVE…
When individuals are connected to a positive community on the job, they are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals which can be influential and encouraging to the students in their classroom as well as others connected to them.
A positive community is HUGE. I am so grateful for the #teachertribe I have found. They are teachers who teach from kindergarten all the way to high school. We are not all geographically in the same area however, we make the time to get together to share tips and encourage one another always over delicious food.
Today, we had a meetup in Wynwood. If you know me then you know Wynwood is an area I have been trying to get to for quite some time so when the opportunity came, I quickly jumped on the location as a potential spot to meet.
We enjoyed brunch at the Wynwood Diner and I was pleasantly welcomed by this cute setup.
Genius Plaza also gifted all of us with some amazing things and I can’t wait to use them.
Teachers from as far as Jacksonville joined us where we shared a conversation highlighting one classroom management tip as well as one social media tip that we utilize in our classroom.
There were several raffle giveaways and I am so surprised to have won. (I never win raffles LOL).
I was gifted the book Big Little Lies (one of my favorite series on HBO) and a $15 gift card for Dunkin Donuts. What teacher can refuse coffee???
After we finished, we had a few moments to stand in awe of the beautiful walls of Wynwood and wow, it is definitely a place I will be back to visit.
If you are a teacher that does not have a community or teacher tribe in your building, Instagram is an amazing community of go getters who are so willing to share what has worked for them in their practice. If you are a teacher who is feeling burned out or like you no longer have a purpose in the field because as we all know, teaching can be challenging in more ways than one, I encourage you to find some teachers who still have a fire in them to do what is best for the kids. Teachers like that can help light a fire in you and I promise, you will not regret it.