I am also not surprised that some folks feel hesitant to post and for
many of the same reasons that some of these posts suggest.
I have been a member for a few years---long enough to see that some
things seem to run in cycles. There are times it has seemed that a few
voices dominated the list and caused others to feel somewhat inadequate.
I sometimes wonder if those individuals who are correcting others feel
superior when doing so.
I remember some very heated words on this list in the past. It hurt
people and cause others to leave the list.
Mostly, I have found this list to be a true blessing. I have learned
from all of you about lesson plans, ideas, theories, books, films, dealing
with colleagues and classroom management. I always have a group of experts
with an incredible range of experience to tap into. I also have received
When I first joined and read the posts, I was joyful because I
recognized myself here. I had never (and haven't since) found any place
like it. I only hope I have helped others along the way.
You all have my gratitude.
Early on in my membership, I was also shot down. Please don't let one
person discourage you. Please stay and contribute and lurk and ask questions
and listen and send direct email and whatever you need to do when you need
to do it. This is a wonderful resource that only improves in quality with a
variety of experiences, ages, opinions and tolerance.
Just my two cents.
Anne C-H in Illinois 47, 2 years subbing, 2 years teaching jr. and sr.
high, 22 years teaching el. art