Day 29: Changes

How have I changed as an educator since I first started?  Let me count the ways.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
Despite the changes, many things have not changed.  I have always tried to run a student-centered classroom.  I have always believed that student choice is important, and look for ways to add it to the curriculum.
My blog is titled teach.change because I believe that teachers should learn every day and make appropriate changes in their practice based on their experience.  When people ask me if I get tired of teaching the same thing every year, I always tell them it’s never the same.  I do not follow a script in my teaching.  I change every day.  

Comments (2):

  1. Assessment Network

    October 12, 2014 at 19:25

    Can I put include this in my blog- noting you as a guest editor- your work is inspiring!
    Laura

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  2. Tim

    October 13, 2014 at 00:31

    Absolutely! I would be honored. Thanks for reading.

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