Category Archives: resilient

The Privilege of Being A Teacher

 

I am grateful for being a teacher because….

Being a teacher is a privilege and a honor.  Teaching is about offering hope all day long and being available to encourage, create and design learning opportunities that have an impact.  I also feel it is about creating a learning culture that is open to the world where all learners can connect, take risks, share their voice and have friends.

Today I am thinking about my own path and reflecting on an amazing year of growth. I have much to be grateful for.  As a teacher I have the ability to help promote empathy, patience, risk taking, acceptance and collaboration. These are ideas that I think are important to think about as I weave a multitude of learning opportunities throughout the day.

So for today…..

I hope…

to inspire ideas through inquiry and passion.

to learn more about “how to” create opportunities globally for my students.  Culture is rich everywhere and I want to find ways to connect and celebrate what the world has to offer.

to be a part of solution based problem solving opportunities where I am able to share my #edvoice in hopes of making education better.

to collaborate with others around making a difference.

to learn alongside my amazing PLN which hopefully will just keep on growing.

to have my thinking challenged through opportunities that present themselves.

to explore nature often with my students.  Nature is full of patterns, fresh air and authentic opportunities to learn about the natural world.

to be able to continue to mentor others who are interested in becoming a teacher.  Teaching is an art and through our ideas we have opportunities to “paint” and “weave” all day.

 

I will….

create and design meaningful learning opportunities alongside my students because this is the heart of my work, where I have and can make an impact.

model and practice daily “how to” have conversations using a variety of tools that will help my students connect, reflect and ask questions.

listen with an open mind and value perspective.  This is vital for all of us to be able to collaborate globally to make a difference to solve world problems.

bring a smile and gratitude daily to build confidence and trust inside/outside of Kindergarten.  Through our ability to accept each other, we develop patience and experience the value of kindness.

show gratitude for former and present families that I have the privilege of knowing who give their time, energy, enthusiasm and support in endless ways.

be transparent in my thinking and use a variety of digital tools to create bridges globally to help solve world problems to make a difference.

pursue new ideas and revisit previous ideas through a different perspective.

make mistakes and experience them as learning opportunities, opportunities for me to grow and have my perspective enhanced.

 

offer invitations to learn alongside others who are learning how to learn for themselves.  This is where I can encourage, question and reflect.

celebrate and recognize others for their ideas and work.  Together we all have the ability to be brilliant and make a difference.

Looking forward to another year of connecting, collaboration, inspiration and growth.  Thanks to all of you who are a part of my journey.  I hope you all are able to dance, sing and laugh often….

I am grateful…..

Connecting Globally

While I was on Twitter recently I noticed a photograph which caught my eye.  Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 9.05.12 AMAfter reading the photo I started thinking a lot about what the words really meant and how can we all simply just “open the door” to enrich learning for everyone.  The internet has the ability to share, connect and engage everyone.  Once we “walk” through that door we begin our own learning path, a path that we control.  This is what is so amazing about being connected.  Connectivity offers us all opportunities to learn alongside each other as well as model how to collaborate and connect to solve real world problems.

As an educator one of the greatest gifts I can offer my students is learning “how to” learn through their own learning experiences.  When someone learns how to learn themselves they begin to develop strategies and ways to seek and answer their own questions about what they are curious about.  When we share our learning and ideas with the world we offer others invitations to engage, ask questions and connect with our ideas.  Here is where we begin to model how to have conversations in regards to learning in safe, kind and responsible ways.  Twitter has been a great platform for me to use with my students and also professionally.Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 9.01.32 AM One of our friends on Twitter is sharing how they are exploring and going to respond to a question we posted about something they shared.  This is a great example of how we can begin to think together as Alec Couros shared in his photograph above. Once we become transparent, we are thinking alongside many people who like you, want to change the world, one idea at a time.

I am inspired by the thousands of people I connect, think and share with.  Through our ability to reach out, take risks, say hello we offer endless opportunities to learn alongside each other.  This is important.  It is happening now.  How are you connecting globally? How are you offering invitations to your students? their families?

Stuck? Just give it a try….

A New Year Full of Hope

Today begins a new year, a new start, new opportunities and possibilities for the future. I have been thinking a lot about the importance of being resilient and having hope.  I am looking forward to all of the new learning that awaits and is going to happen through my willingness to be transparent, share and ask questions.

I think about the importance of how we all need to have hope, hope for our students and the world.  Through our daily interactions with parents and students my message will be clear, a message of hope.  So when a student has challenges, I will be persistent and vigilant in the belief that their is hope, hope to learn and grow through a variety of authentic and meaningful learning experiences that support my students ideas and interests.  I feel that when we are successful, we develop confidence and the ability to believe in ourselves.

This can be contagious in Kindergarten!  This is where passion develops and an excitement to take risks and try new things that interest us appears. Having hope and being hopeful offers parents an opportunity to be engaged and gives them opportunities to engage in their child’s gifts.  We all need hope and someone to believe in us and our potential and ability to be brilliant at what we choose to do, our passions and interests.

Being a Kindergarten teacher is really a wonderful gift and privilege that I am grateful for. The culture of Kindergarten is full of hope and potential.  My students have many opportunities throughout the day to have conversations around what they are discovering, playing with and learning through their authentic hands on experiences.  My students engage in phrases like;”You can do it!, Nice job, Let me help you!” These are the kinds of conversations that give us, our students and the families we work with hope, hope to be successful.

A new year, a new year of discovery, inspiration and new learning awaits.  I look forward to what is discovered by students and others that I connect and engage with.  Here is to a brand new year!  I am not wasting a minute of it!  Cheers!

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