I was so blessed to write and refine my learning standards while I was at an independent school. The freedom to do that was exhilarating. I felt a real sense of ownership with my content and profession, and I believe that excitement transferred to my co-workers and students. One of the greatest gifts the school leaders gave teachers there was the permission to not feel like we were married to our learning standards. This gave us the confidence and flexibility to experiment with more innovative teaching strategies like trans-disciplinary PBL units and design thinking challenges. Student engagement was high and I recall hearing students say, “Class is already over?” on numerous occasions.
My dream is to give away what I received. It seems like a daunting task, like turning the Titanic around, but I also learned the concept of “making a dent” at my old school. I have hope because I believe public education can change so we can better serve our children. I want to be part of that. I want to know that I did what I could to drive change for students, even if it’s just making a dent.
Back to the birthing metaphor: I am happy to say, back massages actually help with this birthing experience I am having as I re-enter the realm of public education. so I graciously accept them. Although I ended up having an epidural after 20 hours of labor with my first child, I am choosing to completely feel and experience this birth. Awakening is probably a better word to use here especially consider I could not do it without the help of my beloved coffee. I know it may be slow and somewhat painful, but I will pass on the anesthetics!