Monday, June 11, 2012
Just thinking about how the year is ending...4 days to go! Although the senior level directors wanted to continue to have me as a coach, there is just not enough money to pay for the position. So, I'll be back in the classroom in the Fall!
Inspired by Ruth's post on reflecting...all the way back in May...
I learned, was stretched by, am excited about and now realize...
This year, especially, I learned the value of asking for what I am seeking...There were occasions this year, where I thought to myself, I'll just ask and see what happens. I often noticed that I got just what I asked for when I took the time to ask. So, this taught me to know what I really want and then ask for it...the worst that can happen is nothing.
I was stretched by my colleagues with whom I worked as coaches and I will miss them dearly. Some are continuing on as coaches, and others are heading back to the classroom. We often pushed each other for clarity of thinking and felt comfortable asking deeper questions. This was great because it added another layer of bark, growing experience. Our way of working together and asking better questions helped me to ask better clarifying questions of teachers and students. It also made me a better listener and thinker about questions we asked each other and questions we asked our students. Were they open or closed, 1 right answer or more than one possibility? Did the questions prompt extended thinking beyond just giving an answer and did they seek evidence to support the reasoning?
I am excited to learn more about writing this summer as I participate in the virtual writing camp for teachers, Teachers Write! I am learning a lot more about becoming an author, what authors do and how I can be a better teacher of writing. Yay for summer camp! I am also thrilled that I will be taking this learning directly to the classroom with me-now this will be interesting!
I have realized that reflecting on what I do leads to valuing what I have done. The next time I try something, I have these previous experiences to guide me to do better. Also, writing things down gives a point of reference to go back to as I reflect. I think I am becoming better at reflecting which is a key part of learning. It's also important because the over-arching goal for my district is "creating a culture of examining our professional practice".