When I first look at this graphic and consider my own teaching, eighteen years worth, I think, “What has changed? Where have I grown?”
I know that my first year looks very little like this year and not just because I’ve changed teaching assignments.
I began teaching after I already had children of my own and felt like I had experience above other first year teachers. And maybe that was a little bit true, but I spent a lot of time working to absorb the content and way “all the other teachers did it”.
Collaboration wasn’t something that anybody talked about, though I remember a fair amount of consternation about every one being on the same math lesson.
And so I have learned. I have grown. I’ve become confident in my strengths and able to ask for help with my weaknesses. Maturity, right?
This year, I dumped the keyboarding program that we’ve been using since the invention of letters. It didn’t work for my kids and it didn’t work for me.
This year, I’m creating lessons that engage many, if not most, if not all of my students before we even discuss what skill we’ll be learning/reinforcing.
This year, I’m connecting their tech skills to what they are doing in the regular classroom.
This year, I plan to have the kids evaluate my class and my teaching. (What’s the worst that could happen?)
This year, I’m learning and I’m growing.