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:
Sharyn Kish, Kindergarten teacher, recently shared these thoughts about her most recent shifts, and the shifts she's going to begin...
This book validates so much for me as I started my "shifting" last year with flexible seating in my classroom. I also tried many new things with technology, which was a big deal for me because it's something I wasn't totally comfortable with... and yet because I went out of my comfort zone (and modeled a growth mindset) and as I struggled and persevered, I saw amazing things happen with my students! They learned right along with me and quickly began teaching ME how use additional Google apps! This year was my favorite by far out of 17 years of teaching! Can't wait to finish the rest of your book tonight. I'm already sketching out what my class website will be like...
It's time for me to celebrate! Reading Shift This! has inspired an educator to blog!
Check out this post, titled
"I Thought I Knew It All" by Ariel Jankord,
and encourage her to share more of her reflections. In this post, she reflects on a part of her last school year. If you already blog, you know how motivating comments can be - to keep the much-needed conversations going. Let's give her blog some love and let her know she's part of our tribe of lifelong learners!
...make me sick!"
So says Zach Rondot (@MrRondot) in a tweet to me about his post here:
"What do you mean we don't have time for social studies?" A Guide to Project-Based Learning
Have you been there? Done that? My awakening was when I entered the seventh-grade ELA classroom and students took a 50-point test on The Outsiders (without looking back at the test!)!
Forget the days of students forgetting the information needed for the test a week after. Check out Zach's post about a HUGE shift, where he shares five comprehensive steps needed AND management tips! (He even helps out with the grading... or lack thereof!)
This blog is for OTHER authors to share their shifts with the world! Follow their stories by following the links to their blogs!