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While everyone (my principals, my Central Office administrators, other teachers, and many students) insisted that I was doing a good job, there was so many parts of my teaching that I was unsatisfied with. Sometimes I knew what I wanted to do but just didn't have enough prep time to do it well. Sometimes I thought I had a great idea and then it flopped. Sometimes I just didn't know what on earth I should be doing. Mostly, I did an ok job, and there were even some great successes, but I think I can do better.
I know I can do better!
I want to do better. I want to reach ALL of my students. I want our time together to be more meaningful ALL of the time. I want to turn ALL of them into lifelong learners.
So, like so many of you, I'm spending most of my summer thinking about school. I'm reading all the professional books, blogs, and tweets I can get my hands on. I'm wrestling with old questions and thinking of new ideas in the car, on the couch, in the park. I'm sitting up in the middle of the night with a new thought that I just have to write down on the notepad beside my bed. In short, my brain is spinning a lot like it does during the school year, but with renewed energy and enthusiasm due to the precious gift of time.
I've always done thinking and planning over the summer, but never this much. This summer is different because I'm still so far where I want to be in this new position. I still have so much to learn and so far to go to reach these new, different learners in this new and different subject. Teaching high school ELLs has been a drastic change from teaching Exploratory Spanish to middle and elementary schoolers. More intense. More challenging. More real. More heartbreaking. More rewarding. More life-changing.
All that means my brain just can't help humming with new ways to help my students.
I was going to share some of my specific wonderings with you, but I'm not quite there yet... you'll just have to wait for another post to see exactly what ideas are buzzing around in here!
What's making your brain spin, hum, and buzz this summer?