This morning I read our local newspaper and once again there was an article about the quality of our school system and what can be done about it. High stakes testing, teacher accountability, constant changing of curriculum, throwing money at the system, etc. is not going to fix much.
This afternoon I took a break from my computer and sat outside in the back where we have a wonderful community pond with a fountain and oak trees. As a school teacher I think about our school system and what can be done. It dawned on me this afternoon, that like anything in life, education is about relationships. Relationships between Government, Superintendents, school boards, community members, administrators, teachers, parents, and most importantly- the students! I think when I am finished with this post I will write to the editor of our newspaper with my thoughts on what we can do to improve all of these relationships so that learning can actually take place in our classrooms (great idea, huh?!)
For our purposes here at The Warm Milk Journal, however, I want you to think about this: relationships and the role they play in your life: personal and business.
For instance in my personal life, I am not going to enjoy my life very much if I don’t nurture the relationship I have with my boyfriend, children, brother, parents, and friends. Without these special people life would be a pretty empty and colorless canvass to tread on. My work life: I am not going to be a very effective teacher if I don’t develop a thriving relationship with all of my little second graders, their parents, and my administrators and colleagues.
For The warm Milk Journal: I know some of you who follow me on twitter and read The warm Milk Journal are business owners and bloggers yourselves. My goodness, we can’t do this alone, now can we? It truly takes developing a community with your readers and others from your online niche comunity to get a quality site up and running- not to mention all of the technical, business, and marketing mentoring you will need if you are a relative newbie like me. Phew…..
Anyway, think about your relationships. They can be viewed like gardens. Are your gardens well tended or are there patches out there that are getting weedy and neglected and overgrown? A weed patch is not much of a garden.
I also like the bank account metaphor. Treating our relationships is like a bank account. So long as our deposits out number our withdrawals we stay solvent. It is ideal to put in lot’s of deposits and have a very healthy bank account balance. Obviously, if we stop putting deposits in all together or worse, get overdrawn- we are bankrupt.
Some ideas to think about as our day turns to evening. It could be something to write about in your journal tonight.
I need to go write that letter to the editor now about our educational system…
Debra : )