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Thursday, May 18, 2017

What Work Energizes You?

I try lots and lots of varying education-related ventures, and the more I try, the more I realize that what energizes me most in education is working to teach every child well. I love the challenge, creativity, and research that this goal awakens in me.

Meeting the goal of teaching children well includes the following efforts:
  • Optimal collegial collaboration
  • Lots of good reading and research
  • Attention to pedagogy, pacing, observation, listening, and parent-student collaboration
  • Creating an optimal teaching/learning environment
  • Advocacy with regard to what students and teachers need for optimal teaching and learning
With this in mind, I said no to a number of invitations recently--wonderful professional invitations, but invitations that would take me away from this valued goal.

Instead, as noted before, I want to spend my summer reading a lot and working towards my development as an energized, committed, knowledgeable,and successful teacher of young children. This has been my life's work and it is work I continue to be dedicated to.