It has been an exciting week. At the end of October, my class was fortunate enough to be photographed and interviewed as part of an article for Professionally Speaking. The focus of the article is on using social media responsibly in the classroom. This week, the December issue of Professionally Speaking came out, and the article is now officially in print.
Today, I received the most unexpected surprise that all came about because of the publication of this article. I got an email today with the subject line, “a teacher from the past.” Here’s a small excerpt from it:
Hi Aviva, As I was reading Professionally Speaking this week, I noticed your name. I am going to assume that you are the Aviva Dunsiger that went to Bayview Glen. I don't know if you will remember me, but I was your grade 6 teacher. I was thrilled to read about your program and that you have become a teacher. Believe it or not, I still have your book review of the book "The Tomorrow City".
Wow! Just think: this teacher saw the article, checked out my contact information, and sent me an email that allowed us to connect again after all of these years. This is incredible, and it’s stories like these, that you hear more and more thanks to the power of social media.
What are some of your amazing stories to share? It’s great to get to celebrate moments like these!
I had the reverse experience today! http://linda704.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/yep-i-made-a-difference/
Wow! This is an incredible story. Thanks for sharing! I can’t imagine a great compliment than hearing, “Yes, you made a difference!”
What a wonderful connection, Aviva, goes to show that it is really a small world due to social media.
You must have really made an impression on your 6th grade teacher. 🙂
It’s a small world indeed, Mary! The funny thing is that she made a big impact on me. This teacher really believed in me. She encouraged me to write more than I’ve ever written. It was that year that I decided I wanted to be an author as well as a teacher. I’ve never written a book, but I can thank this teacher for my many years of blogging!
Wow. That’s an amazing story. Got goosebumps. Reminds me of when I taught in china for two weeks and ran I to my very first French teacher.
That’s an incredible story, Chris! It’s amazing what a small world we live in sometimes.
In education our paths cross time and time again. I’m so happy you had this positive connection. Last Saturday, we took my daughter to an information session for the Arts high school in our area. The principal of this school is my former high school gym teacher, my dedicated gymnastic instructor who helped me see that university was a path for me. I saw the delight in her eyes as she saw me and my daughter in her school building. It’s amazing to know that if my daughter is accepted, Mrs. Clarke will be looking out for her as she did for me so many years ago. 🙂
Wow! What a great story. I love hearing these examples of when our paths cross. It’s fantastic to get to reconnect with amazing educators and people!