Thursday, August 20, 2015

Moving Forward Into A New School Year

It's the time of year when teachers begin to plan lessons, organize classroom libraries and prepare to go "back to school".  A few years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing Sarah Brown Wessling speak at a Next Steps Conference in New Jersey.  She challenged the educators in the audience to change the paradigm of preparing to go "back to school" to thinking about how we can "move forward" into a new school year.  

I've pondered this shift in language since the fall of 2011.  Each year is a fresh start and a chance to begin anew!  Rather than thinking about going back to the same building or the same position, I'm thinking about how I'm going to move forward professionally and personally.  One way that I plan to grow this year is by sharing my reflections and recommendations through this blog.  Years ago, I created a classroom blog to share events  with my students and families.  In my new position as an instructional coach, I think the time is right to "move forward" as a blogger.  My hope is to use this platform to share my work in K-5 classrooms, as well as book recommendations and general reflections on teaching.  I've spent the last year on Twitter learning from my virtual PLC and the blog posts from educators across the country.  I'm ready to add my voice to the conversation!

As you prepare to "move forward" into a new school year, what are your goals?