edu180atl: tracey buot 11.16.12
I was recently reminded of the energy that is created when those of like minds come together. What glorious unity can do for your spirit! A colleague and I presented recently at a conference for independent school educators and our topic was how to build a fine arts program. Fine Arts educators are often few in numbers on a faculty and it was really wonderful to be in a room with 20 or so like-minded people that “get what you do” and share the same passion for your discipline. As educators it is so important to share and learn from one another.
Community provides us with sense of belonging, value and support that can’t be experienced in any other way than face- to- face interaction. I offer this advice to my fellow fine arts educators and all educators for that matter– find a community of colleagues. Community can be found in many places. Take a class, invite a colleague to coffee to share ideas for cross-curricular lessons or reach out to someone from another school and chat. Step out and take in a fresh breath of inspiration– reach out, express and share. You will be glad you did!
About the Author: Tracey Buot is a fine arts educator and arts advocate. All that glitters is not gold– sometimes it’s just gold glitter.