Sunday, April 30, 2017

Time For Change

You can't teach an old dog new tricks.  You have heard that saying a million times.  I just realized recently that I was becoming the old dog.  I actually heard myself say, "We tried that years ago.  It didn't work then.  Why would it work now?" 

Very quietly and oh so slowly, I was becoming..... ONE OF THOSE TEACHERS! You know what I'm talking about, right?  The ones that don't welcome new ideas, get stuck in old ways, do the same things over and over, and (gasp) are getting old.  Well, it was time to snap out of this!

I decided to make some big changes in my teacher life.  One of the things that I am doing is watching  youtube videos of teachers doing new things in their classrooms.  One of my favorites is a teacher that's relatively new.  She's already done more in her classroom in two years than I have in twenty three years.  I'm inspired every day to get out there and try new things and I'm really excited about next year and new things I'm going to implement in my new classroom.  

Wait. What?  New classroom?  YES!  As a part of my "I don't want to become stuck in my ways" transformation,  I've decided to teach first grade.  It's a big move from third grade and it's going to be challenging.  I believe that all teachers could benefit from teaching different grades throughout their careers.  It gives us a new perspective.  It gives us new life in the classroom.  It makes us learn new things and try new things.  It keeps us from doing the same things year in and year out.  I've changed grades a few times and it's always exciting to see what each grade has to offer.  I'm already excited for next year and it's the end of this school year.  We NEVER feel that way at this time of year!  That should say something about my excitement about this move.  

Since my decision to move, I've observed another first grade teacher to help me with my transition.  She is absolutely amazing and I've learned so much from her.  She's also a brand new teacher.  Mrs. Mariah Vaughan, you are absolutely fantastic and I can't wait to see what you do in the years to come!  

I'm so glad that I've opened myself up to learning from younger teachers instead of thinking I was supposed to teach them.  It's taken me a long time to get to this point, but it's never too late to learn.  I'm so excited about the new challenges I have ahead of me next year.  I am definitely trying new things, welcoming new ideas, not getting stuck in my old ways, and not doing the same things over and over.  The getting old part is not happening either.  Just older.  

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