“This Compulsion”

“When I get this feeling, this compulsion, I always do what it tells me. I can’t explain where it comes from or how I get it, and it doesn’t happen very often. But I obey it.” ~ Calvin O’Keefe, A Wrinkle in Time

Just like Calvin, I have this compulsion.  I am compelled.

Compelled to be better. Compelled to do more.

Compelled to teach. Compelled to learn.

Compelled to find a place where I am understood and I understand.

I’m excited to say I’ve been invited and graciously accept the invitation to become part of a blogging community that will post, read, comment on, and share education-minded posts several times a month.

What better name for this group than the Compelled Tribe? 

For a while now, I have been aimlessly searching for a “thing,” for my “place,” for my “people.”

For my tribe.

Of course, I already belong to several “tribes” – my oldest friends, my children, my family, and some work friends.  Even my  8th grade class feels like a tribe.

However, this tribe is different, and I’m excited. I don’t think there’s ever been a time in my life when I’ve needed a tribe like this.

These are tough and challenging times in education, and I am finishing out Year 20 of teaching.  I don’t think I’m alone, or will be misunderstood, when I say that some days I feel like I am at a crossroads.

Luckily, I just happened to cross paths with a tribe that wants to grow.  A tribe who will support me, encourage me, and challenge me in areas that are important to me: writing, teaching, and learning.





7 responses

  1. Melanie,

    Excited to be a part of this tribe as well! It’s so important to surround ourselves with a network of people who push us further. I love how it’s a diverse group with so many different backgrounds. Can’t wait to read more as we continue this journey together!


  2. Melanie,
    I was really inspired by your writing and felt much the same as you did compelled to learn and join something greater than one. I look forward to learning and growing with you!

  3. Melanie,
    Thank you for adding your voice to the Compelled Tribe! Like you, I recently just passed my 20th year in education and felt like it was time to recharge and renew and branch out! Twitter and Blogging have helped me do that and hopefully this group will be as inspiring to you as it has been to me. Welcome aboard!


  4. You are a great writer! I relate to having those compulsions, and the need to follow them immediately at times. So excited to learn from you!

    1. Thank you! If you like my posts, you should read my book!! Haha! It’s so ironic, because the line I quoted is from a book I’m not a huge fan of. However, that line came to me as soon as I heard about the Compelled Tribe.

  5. Melanie, I’m so glad you are a part of the Compelled Tribe! It feels good to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, especially when it means like-minded people to encourage and give support. I’m looking forward to reading more from you!

    1. Thank you again for inviting me to be part of something exciting! I want to go read all the blogs now, but know I should pace myself! Besides, I still have lesson plans to write! Have a great week!

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