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I Felt the Earth Move Under My Feet

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I Felt the Earth Move Under My Feet


Like so many others, I felt the Earth move on Tuesday.

Where were you? I was in Maryland.

I was in the midst of working with teachers from Imagine Discovery in Baltimore County Maryland when the floor started quaking. Everyone in the room looked across the computer tables at each other with expressions that conveyed, “Stop shaking the table.”

But as soon as we laid eyes on each other, we realized we weren’t the ones shaking things up.

As quickly as this realization happened one of the teachers said, “It’s an earthquake. I lived in California for years. It will stop in a minute.” And it did. That’s when the disbelief and cell phone scramble began.

What an odd feeling. Surreal.

Interesting, we grabbed our cell phones and began texting to see about our loved ones: husbands, kids, and dogs included.

We checked news feeds and learned of what we had experienced.

Ah, life in the modern age. I wonder how this scene would have played out 10 years ago, 20 years ago… Yesterday, we received information in a matter of seconds and had assimilated broad spectrums of information within minutes. Peace and calm were restored-although our focus on mathematics was severely sidetracked. We did however, recoup, review and wrap up our day in a timely manner.

Unreal- our access to instant information and updates allowed us to process and forge ahead. I’m certain 20 years ago we would have called it a day and gone into the world to check on loved ones and gather around TVs for knowledge of what was happening.

Interesting to ponder, but not quite as interesting as the thought that I experienced my first earthquake on Wednesday and may also ride out Hurricane Irene on the weekend. As long as a swarm of locusts doesn’t follow, well I’ll be okay:)

| teaching, work | August 24, 2011

About the author

Wynn Godbold is an inspired educator who stretches herself and those around her to new heights. Her work as a speaker, trainer, and administrative coach carries her across the United States where she spreads her message of inspiring teachers to reach children with authenticity, joy, and success. Her teacher retreats are known to empower teachers to love their lives. Teachers world-wide experience personal growth through the products and packages she offers on line. In June of 2012, Wynn kick started the International Academy of Bee Sharp Teachers. Wynn is Nationally Board Certified in Reading and the Language Arts. She has certifications in Education Administration, Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In addition to running Bee Sharp, she consults for the McGraw Hill Education Group and serves on the Educational Team at Page Turner Adventures. Wynn lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her husband, two sons, and the family dog, JR.

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