How have I changed as an educator since I first started? Let me count the ways.
- Confidence – I used to be so unsure of myself that I wouldn’t even speak up at a staff meeting. Now I lead meetings and present workshops. I also became more confident in the classroom. When I think back to my first year of teaching, I am amazed that I survived.
- Knowledge – Part of the reason for my increase in confidence is that I have never stopped learning how to become a better teacher. Twenty-eight years of experience, workshops, graduate classes, learning from colleagues, learning from lessons that failed, learning from students, etc. Every day is a learning experience.
- Practice – The way I teach has changed over the years. I now use technology every day in my classroom. I use tools that did not exist when I began teaching. I incorporate new methods and ideas into my lessons.
- Being Connected – All of the above is also the result of connecting with other educators. In the last year, I have broadened my PLN through Twitter and blogging. A year ago, I was just starting my first blog. Now I have two blogs, and this is Post #100 on this blog!