What matters most in schools is student learning--that's what we're there for. We teach so that we can give students the best possible gift of education--an education that is engaging, forward-moving, rich, and broad.
How do we make this happen?
- Stay true to a solid weekly routine--a routine that meets the most important student needs and interests.
- Don't overbook yourself with regard to outside initiatives and efforts--keep time for the important work related to student learning.
- Find a professional learning network near or far that serves to support, encourage, and develop your knowledge and efforts. Contribute to and learn from that community.
- Assess, adapt, create, and implement continuously in an effort to teach children well.
- Evaluate opportunities before signing on to make sure the work supports the primary objective: teaching children well.
Teachers need to work together to make the time and efforts to teach children well sacred in schools. I'll use this guide as I move forward today and in the days to come.