It may seem rather ironic, but today's positive thought stems from tragedy. Specifically, the recent tragic earthquake in Haiti. I was listening to Conversations this morning, expecting to hear a conversation about why one would become a teacher. Instead, the topic never strayed from Haiti. At first, the talk was all about how horrific the situation is in Haiti, and how the people there must be suffering.
And then the topic turned. At Christmas, I told my uncle "You know you're meant to be an educator when you realize you're always looking for ways to turn everything into a lesson." And so it went this morning. The topic went from tragedy to hope in a matter of minutes as we started planning ways that our students could make a difference for those most affected by the earthquake. By the end of the hour, we had the start of a plan, a wiki was created for the project:
We even had our very own motto:
Connecting the world, one wiki at a time.
No, I don't expect that we'll save the world...or even Haiti...with our project. But it's exciting to at least feel a part of something great. Something that has the potential to change lives...maybe even our own.