The start of the 2016-17 school year has begun and so have the challenges. One of the most frustrating hurdles has been the loss of our internet system. Even during our days of teacher professional development leading to the much anticipated first day, our internet was sporadic at best. The tension was palpable as teachers tried to overcome. With out the internet, there is not email, Google docs, and what we all wanted the most - printing capabilities. Many of us began to look at our screens frequently hoping to see a network connection and frantically trying to make the most of the moments of connection. It has been trying and I've mentally made the necessary adjustment. The students adjusted quickly and almost seem to enjoy it. The moment during class when the precious connection fails, they are immediately full of great suggestions of how to spend the remainder of class, as if their teachers are so weak and distraught that they will just give in to idea. Sorry team, plan C is always in the back of my mind.
I decided at the end of last year to step outside my comfort zone and become a specialist teacher as part of the Teacher Leadership Initiative. I wanted to challenge myself professionally and improve what I do. I'm excited about the opportunity to work with my peers and am preparing for the unknown. This is a new experience. There's a heavy mix of excitement and vulnerability. I'm far from perfect but I know that I can share my personal experiences in the hopes of having some great conversation about teaching and learning. More meetings and trainings are in the works which add to my busy schedule.
I look forward to the challenges ahead and the opportunity to dig deeper. I know there will be great experiences and days that could've gone better but I'll carry on. Let's learn!