What a week. I've had some great days at school, some sick days at home, and some successful days at work. Then I joined in the #BCEdChat tonight at 7. It was all about teacher education, which is obviously relevant to my interests.
In discussing the topic with educators around BC (plus a few guests from the States and Alberta) I learned a lot about how to get the most out of my next 2.5 years. I'm definitely already looking to 'my' classroom and what I want it to look like, and more and more that classroom doesn't look like 'mine' at all. The more master educators I get to talk with, observe, and cyber stalk, the more I realize that a classroom that I'm in charge of will need to be student centered.
It will be a working classroom that hums with constant energy, excitement, and noise. It will be a classroom of thinkers and doers and students in charge of their own learning. There will be groups, there will be individuals, there will be collaborators and there will be solo passion projects. There will also be technology. Lots of it.
I don't mean to say that I'll never use direct instruction and that my kingdom will banish all worksheets, but I do mean to say that I want to serve my students to their best potential. There is a great analogy out there about sports coaches- sometimes they get out and physically provide an example, most of the time they nurture, guide, and help all the players see the bigger picture when they are navigating in a tiny area of the arena. That's definitely me. I want to have honest and meaningful conversations with my students about life, responsibility, bravery, and getting back on track when you fall down. I want my scholars to learn about great orators, great art, great people, and great advancements in knowledge. I want my classroom to look like it was written by Aaron Sorkin.
The thing about what makes Sorkin great is that the characters and dialogue are all good, but what pushes it beyond is the relationships. The relationships between the characters and the relationships those characters have with the audience. This means that the first thing I have to do every day, every transition, every celebration, and every failure is to build a relationship with my students. That might not be the most forward thinking idea in the history of pedagogy, but it's definitely at the front of my mind as I go into this semester, and look ahead at my future.
I respond to Sarah, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Smoore, Miss Sarah, (and sometimes Mom!). I have been an DL (homeschool!) teacher for 2 years and am now a proud member of the SD35 team!