Learning is exciting and nerve-wracking, but mostly exciting. I will take this most recent experience with me into my new job as I get to know my colleagues and start to develop relationships with them that is going to require a fair deal of trust. Change always requires trust. What do you need to feel confident when trying new things or old things that you haven't done in a long time?
Doing new things can be scary, maybe even paralyzing but that doesn't we shouldn't do new things. We must build up our courage and do what we ask our students and colleagues to do every day.
If we want to be leaders, we must model the behaviors we expect our students and colleagues to exemplify—which means connecting with the vulnerability in a meaningful way.
Education is all about collaboration and relationships, and this writing experience is one worth sharing. Read about how 10 authors and editor got together to write a special book for a great organization.
Fantastical worlds filled with magic and intrigue, yet safely hidden behind the shroud of our reality, mingling with the muggle world seamlessly for just the chosen few who know. Muggle or magical, within each of us is a spark that is unique and worthy of uncovering. What lessons have you learned from your favorite books?
Although I haven't written poetry for a while, it is always amazing to me the relationship we have with words (or at least it's my inner nerd that tells me everyone has one of those kinds of relationships.) Often when I consider education the images and emotions it provokes within me at challenging times, putting a landscape of ideas together in a different way helps me to tackle, name and start to move through challenges.
As another school year officially comes to a close, I soak in the stillness of the empty space and all of the learning it holds within its once text-rich walls. Saying goodbye is always bittersweet, but when you know you aren't returning, there is a finality to it that lingers closer to sad.
Mastery of content and skills take time and kids need to be allowed the amount of time needed to attain that mastery. We need to offer them opportunities to show what they know in a variety of ways and then not penalize or reward those who do it slower or faster. Mastery is just that and it doesn't matter when a child gets it, it only matters that they do.
As every new year begins, so does the adventure. After you've had time to reflect on this past school year, what will be your five goals for next year?
We sometimes mistake a student's attitude about compliance and authority with his/her ability to learn. By not focusing on the work (any or all products and proof of learning in our space), we fail the students by forcing them to jump through unnecessary hoops.