Te@chThought‘s Day 29 Challenge is: “How have you changed as an educator since you first started?”
It is a little embarrassing to look back on myself as a teacher to see how I have grown and areas I’ve stagnated! I’d like to focus primarily on my time as a Middle School teacher.
Things that have NOT changed:
- my love for my students
- my reasons for teaching
- my enthusiasm and excitement when things are going well
- my determination to find a solution when things are not going well
- my heart-on-my-sleeve vulnerability
- my ongoing struggle with bureaucracy and the implementation of meaningless rules
- my silliness – I have not grown up, so school is a great place to be!
- my insecurity
- I still worry all of the time!
- my excitement and eagerness to learn
- my problem-solving nature – I love to figure things out
Things that have changed:
- I believe that I am learning more, and am growing in my teaching practice
- My classroom is even more student-centred
- I love collaborating and have found people with whom to collaborate – both near and far!
- I feel more supported
- I “mix it up” more, I try new things and get bored with routines
- I am less likely to accept status quo, or heavy-handed implementations/suggestions of how to run a curriculum
- I seek help far more frequently
- I am having more fun and becoming more accepting of the person I am in the classroom
- I share more
- I see value in some of the skills that I am developing
- I am still working hard to improve