Here I go again!
If you look back through my blog history, you will notice I am prone to change. Once I am established in a role, I tend to start looking around for my next challenge. Now keep in mind, I am not as brave as that sounds. I take calculated risks and accept challenges, in which I know I will have support and encouragement.
For example, next year I will be teaching a grade 5/6 class. I have taught grade 6 before, but never a 5/6, so this is exciting! Even more exciting is the opportunity to team teach with a coworker and friend who I admire and who shares the same educational beliefs. I know that this will be fun year for both of us and our students.
In my school I have been the Self-Contained Developmental Disabilities Classroom teacher, the Grade 8 teacher, one of the Special Education Resource Teachers, the Teacher-Librarian, a planning time teacher, and a Grade 7 teacher. As much as I move grades or roles, I do this in a school where I am supported. I have been fortunate to have worked for a series of administrators who listen and provide opportunities to change my practice. My school community and colleagues are my extended family. A past principal often reminded us that during the school year we spend more time with each other than we do with our own families.
All of that being said, my question is what change are you making this year? What is something new you will try? I have written before about the changing nature of education. Clearly this is important, as the world is constantly changing. By using the same tools, resources & methods to teach, we are not preparing our students. As I look around online, I can see that my fellow teachers are preparing for this school year. They are seeking out new challenges and opportunities to better their program and engage their students.
What is your chosen challenge this school year?
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