Although September is a blur of new names, faces, community-building, responsibilities, and planning, I accept TeachThought’s challenge to blog for the opening month of school. The prompt for Day 1 is to set goals for the new school year. With my own children in mind, I establish purpose, direction, and vision for the upcoming school year. I will…
Empower my students as learners and reflective, critical thinkers.
Make learning fun, collaborative, and rewarding.
Provide students with opportunities and choice in their education (and maintain a sense of humor in the process).
Inspire intellectual curiosity in seekers of knowledge. We must take time to read, research, explore, and create.
Be a compassionate supporter of imaginative innovators whom challenge themselves, take risks, and strive to attain their vision.
Lead the way…be a guide for my students, explore new routes with my department, and model best practices educators in our district.
Celebrate the craft of teaching and ingrain the quality of public education.
Challenge stakeholders to UNTHINK their perceptions of school. Break old habits and escape the limitations of traditional thought. Shift from a fixed to a growth mindset. Help students learn with a purpose and stop playing school–to transform point chasers to knowledge seekers (Charity Stephens @). Know what we are learning each day, why we are learning it, and how to know we learned it. Reconsider our intentions, purpose, and audience. Ask questions: Compliance or curiosity? Human doing or human being? Write for a teacher, self, or greater community of readers? Answer questions, such as, “Why do I have to do this?” and “When am I going to use this in life?” Stakeholders must unite to create a culture of learning.
Smile when life life seems too complicated, persevere through tests of character, and find strength to escape the jaws of negativity.
Help others find their passion and understand what is truly important in life. Approach every day with a positive mindset, take nothing for granted, and continue to grow.
*This post was inspired by @teachthought’s Reflective Teaching: A 30-day blogging challenge for teachers and a recent family vacation to Chicago.