Wednesday, April 28
Sunday, April 25
As the end of year draws closer, time passes too quickly for most teachers. We are frantically trying to meet curriculum goals and making sure we prepare our students for the next school year. Although some teachers may not want to admit it, I want my students to shine for their next teacher, and I like when it reflects back on me. Yep, I’ve got an ego and I’m proud of the work I do. I also like feedback. Call me greedy!
Thursday, April 22
Tuesday, April 20
In the other corner… the underdog, Reading Workshop. No fancy packaging, but basket after basket of books of every genre. Some are torn and worn from so much use. No weekly test, no worksheets and typically noisy with lots of chatter and talk. Fueled by passion and joy for reading.
Saturday, April 17
So I’ve been wondering about boundaries. I am a very private person and it is easy to embrace the anonymity of social media. There aren’t face-to-face meetings or conversations and we can hide behind our laptops, keyboards and smart phones. It is easy to be a little-bit-better version of yourself. No one checks facts, so you can embellish. You can even act more assertively as you respond to tweets or comments on blogs.
When I re-read my lengthy blog about teachers who cross boundaries when the make psychological diagnoses (ADD, ADHD, ODD, OCD), I realized I was crossing a boundary, too. I needed to get off my own high-horse and not report anonymously to the world my opinion. I sounded judgmental and preachy, and in all honesty, really annoying.
The old adage of not putting anything in writing that you wouldn’t want the rest of the world to see is no longer hyperbole, but accurate. The tweets, blogs, and comments we write need boundaries. I’m glad there is a delete button.