In the spring of this year, after 18 years as an administrator, I decided to take a break from administration and return to the classroom. I know not what the future holds, but the present is teaching kids Math!
Through my time as an admin, I always taught 1 class each year, so I have never truly been out of the classroom. But going back as a full time teacher is quite a shift.
So here I sit writing at the end of my first full week in room 301. And it was a great, exhausting, and energizing week.
This gives me the perfect opportunity to “walk the walk” that I have encouraged teachers to take for the past five years. Through my personal learning network on Twitter, the PLP experience, and conferences and connections that I have been so blessed to have made, I feel the refreshing challenge of putting the practice into practice.
I am teaching my students Algebra II and Geometry. I will be counting on my readers here and my twitter friends to inspire me and offer opportunities for me to deepen and strengthen my own love of learning and teaching.
Each day so far, I start by being mindful that my students are people. They need to feel known. I need to give them agency. I need to come from a position of compassion and care. After that comes pedagogy.
I will be writing on my experience throughout the year right here in this space. I am sure there will be successes, new ideas, struggles, and mistakes for me and my kids. That is the ever changing nature of life. But it will be fun.
I look forward to this new experience and am honored to be serving as my students’ teacher. I am back to prepping like a new teacher, thinking about UBD plans, working on being as creative as possible and dealing with occasional self-inflicted anxiety. And while I came home this week completely exhausted, I was, at the same time energized.
So here’s to a year of teaching learning, laughing, caring, and growing.
More adventures coming soon!
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