Let's Go Gamecocks, Let's Go!
Around my hometown, Columbia, South Carolina, the words up above are enough to start a riot. I have been out to dinner in a fancy place - cloth napkins and all, where this was shouted and the place erupted like a Frat House in the 11th hour and then returned to linen tablecloths and champagne as if nothing had happened. In Columbia, you "bleed garnet" in honor of our SEC college football team, The Carolina Gamecocks. It might be the only place where young men aren't kicked out of a respectable establishment for having the word "Cocks" on their hat. Occasionally, someone wearing orange and purple will creep out of the woodwork in support of our biggest rival, the Clemson Tigers. I like to think I am proud of both schools for representing South Carolina so well. However, I won't be as nice on Game Day.
For me, the return of the school year signifies a new season in many ways. A tiny bit of chill in the air is welcome after the Carolina heat, new students come into my classroom a little bigger than I remember them from the year before, and my beloved Fighting Gamecocks head to the field to commence a football season full of tailgating, victory, and some of the best teamwork I've ever seen.
Speaking of teamwork, I have been very active on Twitter recently. Not as a fan of "The Voice" (ok, maybe a little) but as an educational tool. I have discovered an amazing network of educators and they have inspired me to make stronger connections with my team in my school! It's funny that people I don't know have encouraged me to think about my working relationships with people I do know! A new Twitter friend (@JayBilly2) has even inspired me to help moderate a chat. If you don't know what that means, it is when you come up with a topic and post questions during a specific time slot and then sit back and WATCH AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN! I am so excited to work with him. The best part? He's a principal! In the real world, it's hard to find time to meet with my principal because we are both so busy and because there is always that "this is my boss, don't say something dumb" feeling. But here we are, working together, sharing ideas, and encouraging each other to try new things!
So... in honor of the 1st Gamecocks game and our collaboration, we invite you to join us Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 10:00 pm EST for #TLeadChat where we will be discussing the viewpoint from the "sideline" (The Coach/Principal) and from the "field" (The Player/Teacher).
Strap on your helmets, put on your team colors, and join us! Game ON! Let's Go Twitter, Let's Go!!