#Kinderblog2012 Question Numero Un!
What did you learn this past (or, for our southern hemisphere friends, what ARE you learning this current) school year that you couldn’t have learned any other year, from any other students or colleagues or administrators or parents? What lessons did this particular year, this particular setting, these particular children bring into your life?
A better question, perhaps, might be what *DIDN’T* I learn this year? This has certainly been a year of change…a metamorphosis, of sorts? I have been teaching for 22 years, and in those years, I have faced many challenges (will blog about those some other time). I thought that by this time in my career I had things figured out. I had my routines down pat, I had my lessons prepared well, I had the students figured out. What I didn’t bank on was getting hooked into an amazing PLN like #kinderchat who would challenge everything I thought I knew about teaching! What I learned was that I had SO MUCH MORE to learn.
I have always enjoyed teaching. I think I’m one of those people who is born to be a teacher. My mom taught grade 1 for 30 years, my dad taught for 36 years in the same school, and my brother has been teaching middle school for 15 (?) years now. It was inevitable that I joined them in making education my career. What we all have in common, is a love for children, and a desire to help them learn in whatever way best fits their needs. I have always known that I am supposed to be a teacher. What I didn’t bank on, was being challenged (in a good way!) every step of the way this school year.
What I learned that was new this year is that I don’t have to fit someone else’s mold of what they feel a Kindergarten teacher should be. I can try new things. I can start a class blog. I can connect my class with the rest of the world through the Kindergarten Around the World Project. I can tweet with my class. I can have my students #Skypeplay with other Kindergarten students from around the world (we even Skyped with our partner class in Japan!). I can get my K’s blogging on kidblog.org. And I can do all of these things knowing that I am NOT ALONE! I am not the only Kindergarten teacher who wants a more global education for their students. Nor am I the only teacher who wants to push the envelope and try new things with her class. By connecting with the educators of #kinderchat, I have found “my people”. It is a group that daily challenges me, encourages me, inspires me and helps me be a better teacher.
Thank you, #kinderchat, for helping me to be the best teacher I can be!