When I got my first teaching job, I was so excited. I was just a reading interventionist for kindergarten, but to me it was just as good as a teaching job. Why? Because I would be there to help students learn. That was why I went to school for 5 years to be a teacher. But after my first day of touring the school and meeting the principal, my attitude changed.
That first day I was sharing my excitement for finding new ideas for the kids and the response I got back was, “We already have ideas. There is no need to reinvent the wheel.”
When you take a look at the world and how it operates, there is a lot of animosity everywhere. But in reality, life is not suppose to be about being at the top, getting even with the person who you think wronged you and the thinking that, “my idea is better than yours” – it’s about people.
It’s about doing what is right for everyone.
In December, if you would have asked me who I was, my response would have been a teacher. Because since I was 9, that’s all I wanted to be – it’s all I have ever known. Some people dream of being a doctor others a mother – me? I wanted to be a teacher.
I’m naturally shy around people I don’t know. It usually takes me a little while to warm up and get comfortable. So if you asked me to blog and network online with other educators, a year ago, I probably would have freaked out. The weird part is, it has been something I’ve secretly wanted to do for a few years but it just didn’t work out when I tried. Something I’ve done though is blog for my parents at school but I haven’t done is blog for myself.
Let me just get this off my chest first - I’m a Pinterest lover and have been since I got my account in 2011. There is just something about scrolling through hundreds of pictures, finding the picture you like and then pinning it – it just gets me all excited. Do you know the feeling I’m talking about?
Challenge accepted! Here is our Buddy Blog. I graciously agreed to be David Caruthers blogging buddy for this post - it was great to connect with him. We choose to blog about The 8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom. David's part is more of a reflection on 2 of these characteristic as he am not currently in the classroom.
David Carruthers, Technology Coordinator for the Thames Valley District School Board located in London, Ontario.
Critical Thinkers: I recently wrote a blog post where I drew a comparison between compliance and engagement. I suggested that many students in school today, are simply “doing school”. In others words, they are complying with the instructions provided by their teachers, following the rules, and doing what is expected. Essentially, they are fitting into a mold, resigning themselves to what it means to be a student within the context of most schools today.
“Leaders are meant to unleash talent by bringing their people’s strengths to life, not ignoring them.”
This resonated well with me and it made me think of a conference I attended last week. Sir Ken Robison was the keynote speaker, at my conference, and he was telling a story about - The Beatles. More specifically, Paul McCartney or Paul as he called him, and how Paul’s elementary music teacher told him he was not good at music.