This year is slightly different, as tomorrow marks my first day teaching in the intermediate division. After a summer of reading and reflecting on overarching pedagogical practices, I am attempting to put a vision to life. Part of this reflection has included thoughts on how to establish community with students at this grade level. I made a conscious decision to leave the walls bare, desks pushed to the side, and chairs in a circle. It is my hope that together we can create a wonderful space for collaborative learning. Blogging has very much become part of my personal reflection and I want to share this with my students this year. I hope being open with them, sharing my mistakes and reaction to them, and showing vulnerability will have a positive impact on their sense of self and efficacy. The screen capture below highlights my thoughts to them as we begin this journey together.
Monday, September 7, 2015
It's the night before school starts and it amazes me that even after 9 years teaching I still get the back to school jitters. I know I am not alone in feelings of excitement, apprehension, and restlessness. The tangible and intangible drawing nearer - Are my introductory lessons prepared? How will they be received? Do I have all materials ready? How are the students feeling? What barriers will have to be overcome? How can I best make connections with these new individuals - based on trust, respect, kindness?