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As I think about the reasoning behind being a connected educator, I'm drawn back to my first teaching job. I was fresh out of college taking a high school English position at a school that serviced the juvenile correctional facility just outside of town. Most of the students were boys ranging from age 13 to 21. There was no textbook, no curriculum, and no scope and sequence. I had to figure out what the students needed most in the area of their English education. Wow! What a task for a young twenty-something novice teacher! I felt like I had been shipwrecked on an island with limited resources and told to survive - Oh, and don't forget to take care of these kids too. Sure there were other teachers at the school, but they had their own content and classes to worry about. Sadly, there was no Twitter, Facebook or even Pinterest to help me out. I truly felt on my own. This is probably the first key reason for an individual to become a connected educator. Even though you may work in a building with other colleagues, you still might feel like you are on your own island just trying to survive. Being a connected educator is like throwing a line out to someone else on their island and drawing you both together so you are not alone.
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What about you? Are you a connected educator or is it time to kick yourself off the island?