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I. LOVE. This quote. It has the power to fulfill so many metaphors and obstacles in life.
The waves. We are currently making a huge transition in our teaching and student learning in my district. It's an awesome shift focusing on 21st century learning skills and incorporating the Common Core State Standards. There is so much promise and excitement.
Yet, it can feel like all this new thinking and change is pounding like the waves. Who is doing the talking? Who is doing the thinking? Who owns the learning? Less teacher talk, more student talk. More teacher facilitating learning, less student busywork. More engagement. More thinking. More doing and learning.
As much as I'm all for change -- and for change that is great for kids, it still can be a bit scary. Many questions tumble around like the pounding waves: How will it look and sound different in my resource classroom? What about meeting the needs of our most developing readers? What supports can I provide my students to be successful in their classrooms? How can I support classroom teachers to make these shifts? What about balanced literacy in a 21st century classroom? How can I incorporate technology to enhance learning?
I'm not going to STOP these waves. I might as well learn to surf.
The surfing. I'm taking copious notes during professional development opportunities. I'm reading suggested books. I'm online connecting with authors and researchers. I'm learning and reading and reflecting and sharing and trying and doing more more more.
I'm exhausted. It's only October and I'm feeling like I am drowning, barely keeping my head above the water as another wave pounds down upon me. But I will get back up and try again. Reflecting on my practices, improving my teaching, continually asking questions and searching for those that can provide insight and understanding.
We all have our own "waves" waiting to toss us around, perhaps making us seasick or the feeling of being drenched. Yet, we know there is always more to learn. So, let's learn to surf and ride these waves!
Surf's up, dude! (That's what we say, right?)
Or, perhaps our team mantra will work too: We can do it . . . and we WILL!