Inspiration has always been something I have relished in, this is mainly because I believe that inspiration reaches so many different people in many different ways. It covers such a wide range of things and I really do believe that it makes the world go round. For me, inspiration is closely linked to motivation - I feel that I become motivated through inspiration. Inspiration can start at the smallest and simplest thing, for example a stimulus or a quote, photograph, song all the way to a person, experience or a life.
Inspiration and motivation has got me where I am today, without inspiration from experiences and people I wouldn't be at University training to be a teacher. Teaching and education has inspired me greatly and is the main reason why I'm here, luckily for me I had a great experience with education and this is something I wish to pass on to the children I'll be teaching. I wouldn't say there were any teachers that solely inspired me to want to become a teacher but instead they have inspired me to teach others.
I have been so inspired in the last 4 months that I'm running out of room to hold it all, starting a BEd Primary Education with ICT specialism has been the greatest learning curve I have ever experienced. I have been so motivated and inspired by everything and everyone, I find it so strange how there was a whole different society of educators coming together to share ideas and build up professional learning networks that I knew nothing about. To me this has highlighted a just how much teachers should be made aware of this community - it offers so much and there are schools and teachers who are invisible to it's benefits. This is something I really wish to promote as a trainee teacher on school placement practices and particularly as a qualified teacher. The whole twitter and e-learning community of educators have really inspired me recently, not only with support and confidence but also helping me in understanding and developing work and content I'm currently studying.
On the 31st of January 2012 I attended a live stream of TeachMeet Roehampton (#TMRoehampton). It was my third TeachMeet and again did wonders in inspiring me, I was particularly motivated by the talk given by Claire Lotriet (@OhLottie) on Science in the Primary classroom. I have never been particularly confident in the subject until her wonderful talk 'Science in 7 Minutes'. Claire mentioned some absolutely great ideas and the best thing I find about them was that they were simple and I believe that has always been my worry with Science - I find it too complicated and I have always over complicated it for myself. As a teacher this can't come across in the classroom so I'm so glad that Claire shared her wonderful ideas, they have inspired, motivated me and ultimately given me confidence in my teaching. I'm now really looking forward to my core Science module that starts in a few weeks, I'm ready and prepared to take battle with my Science demons!
My last blog post 'Why Twitter?' looked at the use of Twitter and a little bit about my Twitter story and why I and others use it. I was inspired to do this blog post and video by a discussion that Steve Wheeler (@timbuckteeth) started on Twitter about the use of Facebook and Twitter, he later blogged about his findings which is a really interesting read and can be found here - 'Me or the community?'. After reading the blog and being involved in the discussion it made me think about how I use social networking sites both personally and professionally - it lead me to Twitter as it is the site I use most frequently and have gained so much of both inspiration and motivation from. The feedback from my blog post has been astonishing and I'm still so surprised about the reaction I had to it, this has inspired me to continue blogging and simply get more involved with the professional aspect of Twitter.
Inspiration and motivation is such an important piece of the jigsaw of life, it keeps people doing the things they wish and achieving their dreams and ambitions.
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." ~Les Brown
So I ask, what inspires you?