This time last year I WAS THE TEACHER’S TEACHER.
It seems so surreal when I look back on my life last year. I have a post on my blog dated Feb.6, 2014. about Synergyse. My blog focus was on my work as a Techie in a private school. In my work most everyone trusted I was doing my job. The evaluative conversations were always two way chats where my views were respected and sought. This time last year I was in the “cat-bird seat” (a term used by my husband to express who is in charge of the situation). I was in charge of my focus, my schedule, and my workload. I loved what I did because I was useful and helpful and excited about the future of technology in education. I worked alongside some of the brightest people that loved to have conversations about student learning and how to improve performance through the use of technology. My career was headed in a direction that was fun and exciting, and work was not a nasty four lettered word. I loved going to work.
This year I AM THE STUDENT.
Currently, I am learning new curriculum and new ways to prepare students for the test. In my new role I have skills and understanding of my subject area, but I am still learning the best way to successfully prepare middle schoolers for a standardized test that has never been seen. I love to learn new things and I am trying to learn all of the concepts that will be tested and produce meaningful lesson plans to convey the skills. This involves collecting data and then creating meaningful lessons to shore up weaknesses. I am doing this while I go through the evaluative process as a new teacher in this district which involves: writing lengthy lesson plans that ask deep probing and contemplative questions about what I am teaching and then orally discuss/defend my lessons 4 times this year.
Sometimes we think life looks better in the rearview mirror, when in reality we are being preparing for this time next year when we look back and see the benefits of the road we traveled.