But the best thing about being connected is gaining perspective. By ourselves, it is easy to think that the issues and problems we face are unique. To a certain extent, situations are unique to the schools in which they occur. But if we try and solve them in a solitary state, we are working harder than we need to be and we are overlooking the valuable experience of other schools and educators.
Being connected exposes me to solutions that I would not have considered alone. It also makes me realize that I am not alone. Situations I face with students, colleagues and parents have been faced and overcome by other educators. Knowing this makes me realize that they are not insurmountable and I don't need to problem solve alone. Problems that seem huge really aren't and solutions that seem impossible become attainable. A little perspective goes a really long way.
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden