The assembly theme at my school this week was generosity. Our principal gave a humorous talk about the need for generosity in our lives. It involved lollies (sweets) so not surprisingly the students were entertained and amused. The following day we, along with many other schools around Australia, held a special day. Some schools wore mufti, we sold ice-creams and collected gold coins. All in aid of the schools from Queensland and Victoria which were recently damaged by floods and cyclone Yasi. Many of the students gave generously.
So this week, the theme of generosity has not been far from my thoughts. Especially the generosity of spirit and assistance I witness daily through my computer. Teachers generously giving advice. Sharing programs, giving ideas, supporting colleagues. Daily I witness the giving away of ‘trade secrets’ which only a few years ago, would have stayed within the walls of their classrooms. The comments I received from my post last week really touched and helped me. I was moved by the generous words I read, from educators I admire, who responded with generosity to my words.
I have been trying to work out what it is about teachers, which is making us so generous? I know that every time I read a new blog post or check into twitter that I will learn something new. I will pick up a new idea or challenge myself with a new thought. In return I know that I am helping others with my techie brekkie blog . That is something that gives me a great deal of personal satisfaction and I don’t feel alone in this. Perhaps that is the reason that so many educators are filled with generosity? Perhaps even, it is because we were always filled with the spirit of generosity that we became teachers in the first place?
I drove home one afternoon this week listening to talk back radio host Richard Glover, an ABC afternoon journalist. He was speaking on the subject of social media being filled with complainers, that people were driven to use it to argue, to whinge and to criticise. As he spoke I thought, if only he knew what the world of educators was like. A world where social media is being used for the good of others, where information is given generously and in good faith. Where most, want only to improve the lives of teachers and students across the world.
I also thought, if only those teachers too busy for blogging, too busy to connect, too busy for social media knew of the generosity of spirit I witness daily. If only they knew, how much richer would their lives be too.