Henry (not his real name) was obsessed with Egyptian history. So when he purchased a Gregg Shorthand manual at Half-Priced books, I assumed Henry thought it was an instructional manual on how to read and write using hiergriphics. Needless to say, Henry got the last laugh!
I learned the importance of letting go of outdated methods of teaching and embracing new literacies.
I truly believe had it not been for a mommy mouse and a bag of Cheeze Its, I would not have grown as a leader and become a transitional coach and curriculum writer. The hilarious chain of events that resulted in mayhem breaking out in my social skills classroom, keep me laughing to this day.
I learned to fail forward.
I learned the value of letting go of my perceived "perfect lesson", the crème de la crème literacy project, and focus on matters of the heart.
I learned to guard my tongue until I've learned all the facts.
I learned....I'm not sure what I learned. I already knew Edcamps are out of this world!
that "futuristic" is my top leadership attribute. While writing this post I explored my beliefs.
I learned the importance of advocating for today's generation of students.
A. A powerful fictional character known as a Decepticon
B. A large, rounded nut that fits over a heavy bolt.
C. An object of scorn and ridicule
D. All of the above
The correct answer is all of the above. It depends on your perspective!
I learned the importance of teaching vocabulary IN context and knowing our students.
I learned that I could never work for the CIA. I would break.
There is a tie for #2. I like them both equally.
I learned that there are children in my community who go to bed hungry. Until poverty is addressed in schools, the literacy gap will continue to widen.
I learned to look at what a child does right.
And my favorite post of ALL TIME is.....
Carl (the colt) was a stuffed animal I purchased at a Goodwill for a whopping $3.50. But did you know it was a million dollar purchase? More than any pricey curriculum, technology gizmo or gadget, this purchase changed the learning environment of my classroom.
I learned that students learn and thrive when the classroom environment is safe.
Join me as we enter another year of growing and learning from reflection.
Happy New Year!
What are the benefits of teacher blogging?
Why is it important to reflect on lessons?
How can school districts validate the important of teacher blogging? (Credit for PD; documentation on teacher evaluation forms; make time for teachers to blog).