Challenge: How do you envision your teaching changing over the next five years?
Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that I stepped out of being a classroom teacher in the spring of 2010 – almost 5 years ago. Since that time, my views of education and my role has changed dramatically. It’s hard to imagine what it will be in another 5 years.
Some change will be due to the environment – technology changes, students change, teachers change and…eventually, policies change. And, the other portion will be due to my own evolution as an educator.
I began as a classroom teacher interested in being creative. And, at my core, I am still that. I am always looking for ways to be a creative leader. However, in my journey as an educator, I have fought to get change to happen. Consequently, I continue to change my role in order to have a more direct impact on change. As a classroom teacher, I was frustrated that I could be creative, but the state tests still were not. And, other teachers were not also doing it. So, I transitioned into another role, hoping to make an impact.
Five years later, I’m working with a 3000-student high school campus who is very high-performing, helping teachers integrate technology and helping students be responsible with technology.
In another five years, (as of now), I’d like to have a more direct role on professional development. It’s still an area of weakness for teachers. They aren’t given the time for it and they aren’t given quality, meaningful PD. Though, I also want to change the way policy-makers view education. So, I’m torn in a variety of directions – as is the dilemma of many educators.
|A potential future classroom|
When you fast forward five years, where do you envision your teaching? What do you envision happening?