Too often we teach in isolation–we all have our standards, goals, curricula, and tasks we need to accomplish. Time is short. We don’t get out of our rooms. There can be years before I see a colleague.
One time I introduced myself to a person at a conference. It turned we worked together. There’s just no backing down from that embarrassment. I am usually the type of person who goes around to say hi, but things are a bit crazy in education the last few years, and I must not be doing the best job. It’s a waving red flag that we need to get out and collaborate more.