On Friday night, I received a tweet with this request:
Labika is a Grade 12 student at a local Hamilton high school, and she was looking for some six word memoirs as part of a culminating task for one of her courses. She definitely harnessed the power of Twitter by tweeting people directly, as well as sending her request out to the world. Yesterday, I looked at her tweets to see how she was doing, and I was amazed to see so many educators chiming in with their memoirs. She got contributions from teachers, administrators, superintendents, trustees, Board personnel, and even authors, all willing to help her out.
This whole process made me incredibly happy! Why? Because regardless of how well these individuals knew Labika, they all came through to support her. This didn’t happen during school hours. This wasn’t a job requirement. There was no onus to respond … but so many people did respond and share their “voices” as part of this incredible video that Labika created.
In the midst of our current contract negotiations, I think it’s nice to be able to sit back and celebrate the good in education. Seeing this support for a student is definitely part of the “good.” Let’s all share these wonderful moments with the #4MyStudents Twitter hashtag (thanks Andrew Campbell) because it’s easy to lose sight of this “small stuff” that still has tremendous value!