As educators, we all know, or find out soon after beginning in a classroom, we have many "hats", or roles in our professional lives.
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While I would love to be able to wear a hat like the incomparable Audrey Hepburn...
and though my "hats" this year may be less glamorous than hers, upon reflection, they are none-the-less attractive to me!
I love the challenge, the change, all the children that I deal with each and every day. Whether it's helping a student select a great read, discussing areas of concern or accomplishments with parents, reading to a rugful of little ones, rushing off to work with my Grade 5s or co-teaching with other teachers, this year has been quite rewarding!
However, the new job has impacted several things I intend (ed) to accomplish, among them to continue to blog here. With "Blogging From the Edge" this year I had hoped to expand topics and move away from how I began blogging or my concerns about how it was going. I wanted to develop more posts about teaching reading, especially in light of all the professional material that is available that appears to provide contradictory viewpoints.
I also hoped to reflect and write about being an administrator by now. It is definitely a more complex leadership role than it seems from the other side of the door!
However, these blogging goals have yet to take off in the way I envisioned in September but what has replaced it has been worthwhile, too.
I have established a website/blog for the school's Resource Center that builds connections between the school and our parent community. I have also shared it with other teacher/librarians in my part of the world as one example of how to make information and ideas accessible.
I have also taken the lead on using Twitter as a means of sharing the teaching and learning that happens at our fabulous school with families and friends. The school's Twitterfeed shows students and teachers at work and play, decorated doorways and walls, as well as notes and announcements! We have our own hashtag to quickly access shared resources at a later date.
Meeting with teachers to plan and to share how technology can continue to be integrated at our school, what new apps can be creatively and constructively used, how blogging with other classrooms locally or globally can be developed, what assessment strategies might be enhanced with digital tools...have been incorporated into my days.
So, in taking stock, I have decided to pat myself on the back for what I have gotten done instead of ruing the lack of posts here. I will be kind to myself and be reminded that the time to blog (regularly) will happen...sometime. In the meantime, I will enjoy the hats I do wear! (And just watch the occasional Hepburn movie!)
Until then, all of my hats are off to the wonderful, glamorous teachers who also put on so many each day!
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