The last few weeks I have felt all of the typical end of the year stresses. It is harder to get out of bed. It is much more tempting to just go home after school. But this year I have manages to prevent myself from succumbing to these tempatations. In fact I feel like the momentum I have is increasing because rather than holding on until the end of the year. I have been implementing a new lesson, a new assignment or a new learning objective nearly every day. I have been cataloging things that I have wanted to try since I first started using twitter last year and following #sschat early this year. After going throught he intial lurker phase, and moving into the active participant phase, I have now moved into the implementation portion of the twitter cycle of development. I find that the ideas and conversations that I have taken part in are now flowing into the things that I do and it isn't requiring the effor that
I thought it would take.
It has taught me some important lessons and reminded me of a few that I learned before but need to be reminded of. First off, teachers need to direct their own growth, assess themselves and address their own needs in a way that no amount of school organized inservices can. Secondly, teachers have to fulfill their obligations to the school board, the
state and the government and they should, but there are other needs that we need to focus on that the powers that be will not nuture. So we must. There won't be inservices to address these needs, so we will have to do so independently. Finally, I have realized that when my mind is focused on growth, mine or the students, my classroom has a completely different energy about it. In the last two months I have created a better vision of where I am going in the classroom than I have in the last four years and I am taking steps to get there.
It is for these reasons that my classes have been going really well lately. I have things to accomplish and I am not waiting until next year to get them done.