Alana Stanton got me inspired and ready to start the next school year! Check out her blog post here:
And thank you to Trisha Connor who shared this video in response to Alana's post:
One more... Joe Young shared this speech he was reminded of:
Will you share yours next?? #NudgeNudge...
Catherine Williams has taken the plunge! She's inviting parents into her second grade classroom. Check out these beautiful invitations - who could say no?!
This lovely parent offered to read to her class the first Friday it was available! Since Cath had a class Twitter account, they were able to share this great news with the world...
This year I have done a lot of reading and reflecting on my practice. I have read over and over again the importance of letting go and giving kids control. Now, that being said, anyone who knows me knows I have a little issue with wanting control of situations. I like things in order. One friend refers to me as being very linear. My desk is neat and everything has its place. Giving up control is difficult for me, but one thing my husband always reminds me is it’s not about us, it’s about our students.
So the past 2 years I began slowly giving up control. It started with our class seating and station choices........
Want to read more? Visit Meagan Parrish's original blog post from July 1, 2017 here:
"We need some criticism to keep us grounded..." As stated in chapter 10, feedback may be tough to take, but it helps us grow.
Dianne Csoto took feedback from her students this year - check out what she learned, and surprises she came across!
The old self doubt is creeping in. I'm the only classroom with full flexible seating & how our daily routines go. I struggle not having a team or even a partner to push me & grow. They have the 'what I did for past 5 years is fine' attitude. My principal thinks, "She's a good teacher, I don't have to worry about her," so I rarely get ANY feedback. I look to my PLN who are outstanding. I still do what I want in my class - Instagram, Twitter, flexible learning, coding, and genius hour is coming up. Sorry for dumping on you, but sometimes I feel alone.
This person is using online teachers for support - thank goodness! We support each other and help each other grow. What's next for this educator to do?
Share your story. Share through blogging, and share with parents the reasons WHY you're trying new things. Then reach out, little by little, to coworkers. Ask the questions that get them thinking about what's best for children, then share your own story with them. It is sad that educators who want to change are often ostracized. It's time for us to change that. Let's make what some now consider "crazy" - the norm in a few years...
This blog is for OTHER authors to share their shifts with the world! Follow their stories by following the links to their blogs!