What did you learn this past year? What's next?
As I look back on my own year of teaching, I can see areas in which I have grown. When I reflect honestly, I can see other areas that I wanted to develop further, but due to time constraints and taking on too much, I was not able to address these areas. I am a bit disappointed in myself for not making these areas more of a priority, but, as educators, we already have so much on our plates, so it is understandable that at times we cannot achieve everything that it is we set our minds on achieving.
Goal-setting continues to play an important role in who I am as an educator, but the reality is that we must also be willing to give ourselves a break from time to time if we are unable to meet certain goals we have set for ourself. As we move closer toward the end of the year, what I do feel is important is looking back on what you have learned as an educator. Really reflecting deeply on your accomplishments and major things learned helps to set the stage for future learning and keep motivation thriving. The door doesn't close simply because it is the end of the school year. It remains open to new possibilities that exist that will help us grow as people and as educators. So, as you move into your summer vacation reflect on 2 key questions~ What did you learn this past year? and What's next for you?
I still have a few more weeks of school left and really look forward to blogging about something new I am going to try out with my students. In the meantime, thanks for reading and happy teaching!