Feeling Inspired

First post…yikes

I feel like the training wheels were just taken off my bike as I ride solo on this first blog post! Talking about blogging has been my thing…sure I want to blog, that sounds great I will get on that, oh I love what you wrote, I can’t wait to try it out and then I would “forget” about it and go about my busy life of being a wife, mom and educator!

However, this past week I was lucky enough to be invited to attend Fall Convergence 2016, #wonderwake, at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. I was able to meet an #EdHero of mine, George Couros author ofย The Innovator’s Mindset.ย If you have not read the book, please do yourself a favor and read it! You will be inspired like I was when I read it over the summer! He shared with us the benefits of blogging and the importance of leaving a digital footprint. This hit me like a ton of bricks because I want to make an impression and inspire others and what better way to reach them but by blogging!

Below is a picture of my new bestie and myself!


(George Couros and myself, December 1, 2016)

I do have another #EdHero and that is my principal, Dr. Sandy Chambers. When I first met her I knew that would I like her because of her positive, go get them attitude but I did not realize the impact that she would have on my professional life. I was a very routine person and did everything the same as the day, month, year before. It was not until I was asked to teach a 4/5 combo class changed things up for me. It was different, challenging and I loved it! From that point on every year I either changed grade, tracks or grades and tracks! It was a change that I needed but would have never have done it without Dr. Chambers’ support and encouragement.




Dr. Chambers at Fall Convergence 2016 inspiring others!

Feeling inspired by my #EdHeroes is why I am today, blogging away sharing my inspirations with you! I am super excited about this opportunity but scared at the same time. I am by no means a writer, I am a talker, I love to talk, but writing scares me. However, I cannot ask my students to take risks if I truly do not take risks myself.

I have a few ideas that I am going to blog about over the next week. I am tracked out and during track out I always reflect on what I did and make plans to change things up the next quarter. Please be sure to check back this week for my next post. This really is just my introductory post.

I am super excited for this opportunity and greatly appreciate the peer pressure that came via Twitter! Thank you to my PLN for the encouragement and support!

I will leave you with this quote from George Couros…. “We need to make the positives so loud that the negatives are almost impossible to hear.”

We all need to #trendthepositive so that the negatives are not hear, support each other, inspire one another and continue to take risks. Our #kidsdeserveit!


Welcome to my blog!

Author: kimcollins12

Hi! I am a wife, mom and educator- all three jobs are my passions. I love coming home and taking care of my family and I love what I do as a third grade teacher. Seeing the light bulb go off and connections being made are my most favorite things! I love learning new things and taking risks...well risks that are on my terms sometimes :) I am super excited to be sharing what I do in the classroom and my professional learning with you! Thanks for reading!

9 thoughts on “Feeling Inspired”

  1. Congratulations on your site and first official blog post, Kim! I am so, so proud of the risk you are taking to put your awesome thoughts, “out there” for the world to read. Your professional growth is taking off faster that a BCES jet. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. This is great, my friend! Love your ongoing positivity, can-do attitude and embrace of risk-taking! #YouMatter and the world truly needs your contributions! Excited you’re jumping into the blog world head first as well! Excellent first leap, pal!


  3. Kim wrote:

    This hit me like a ton of bricks because I want to make an impression and inspire others and what better way to reach them but by blogging!

    Hey Pal,

    First — great to meet you this week! I loved your energy, that’s for sure. And I felt a sense of deep thinking in you that really resonates with me. Hoping we stay connected, that’s for sure.

    Second, a nudge on the comment above: Please remember that the primary audience for blogs (and digital portfolios) ISN’T other people. It’s YOU! Blogging (and digital portfolios) are about creating a space for consistent reflection. They are places where we come to think about what we know and what we are good at and what we are getting better at and what we are curious about.

    If those public wonderings motivate and inspire others, great! But if no one ever reads them, that doesn’t make them worthless. After all, the REAL benefit was the time that we spent thinking about our thinking and our practice. Metacognition, right? Knowing what we know.

    I just worry because whenever we talk about blogging, we talk about external audiences. But the truth is that external audiences don’t always happen for everyone. Some of my blog posts are read by less than 10 people. Does that mean they were a waste of my time to write? HECK NO because EVERY blog post pushed my own thinking.

    Finally, two suggestions:

    1). You say that you aren’t a writer, but instead, you are a talker. So take advantage of that. Instead of writing for your blog, record short video reflections on Twitter or YouTube and then embed them here. If you need my help figuring out how to do that, let me know. #alwayswilling

    2). Be sure to use the NC Teaching Standards as categories for each post. That way, this blog becomes a digital portfolio that you can use to document your work in evaluations. If you start that category structure now, it will be WAY easier. I learned that from George last week and now I have to go back and recategorize 1,000 posts. #sheesh

    Happy to have found you!

    PS: Made this for you: http://www.jibjab.com/view/LKJI-O7jSPKPvYdSb-vGag


  4. Great first post!! Can’t wait to see what’s in store:) you are a great positive role model Kim! Proud to call you a co-worker:)


  5. Great first post! I was encouraged by you to get going on blogging myself because you put yours out so quickly! Look forward to more!


  6. You are an EdHero, you have inspired and encouraged our special someone to do more than she thought she could do, so your message is coming across loud and clear. Best Wishes on this new blogging journey.๐Ÿ˜Š


  7. Kim! You did it! The first post is always the hardest. I loved your voice in this blog. I could feel your heart and passion as I read it. I am so impressed by your drive and willingness to take on a new grade level or track each year – not many people would take on that challenge! Keep sharing your voice – we need it!

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  8. Hey Kim! I just came across your blog through Twitter and I saw that you taught a 4/5 combo. I was told today that I am teaching a 4/5 combo this year and would love some support, ideas, etc. I’ll put my email below and would love to connect! Thanks.

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