Saturday, May 9, 2015

Spring Renewal

Spring is finally in the air! It seems that with the warm weather and everything blossoming, there is a reawakening in the world around me.  I have found myself reflecting a lot lately about where I am and where I'm going professionally.

Lately I've been reading much about growth mindset. The idea that with persistence, effort, and hard work you can accomplish whatever you choose. I truly believe this! So then, the question becomes, what do I want to accomplish??

I know that I will be an administrator within the school system at some point in my career. I don't know when, but I know it will happen. I know after that I want to delve into a curriculum position. I have even thought about the after that, as my 2nd profession would be work in a university with pre-serivce teachers. So where does that leave me now?

My current goal: To continue learning and growing in my profession and being a teacher leader.

Next year, I will be taking on a new role within my school. I will be teaching accelerated students in a brand new program being offered in my district. There is SO much for me to learn so that I can excel in this position. To be qualified, I had to begin working towards earning my certificate as a Teacher of Gifted and Talented Students. I have completed 2 out of my 5 classes so far and will be completing 2 more over the summer. I have LEARNED so much. It has been so exciting to take what I'm learning and turn around and apply it immediately in my current classroom. I found that as a teacher I was not best meeting the needs of a group of my students. Now I am more cognizant of these learners and thoughtful when planning so that I can better meet their needs as well as others.

With my new position, I will have the opportunity to not only impact students within my classroom, but I will also be given the chance to work with more of my colleagues.  I am looking forward to sharing strategies they can use to provide enrichment within their classrooms as well. 

So that is where I am today.

Which brings me to the actual intention of this post...my blog redesign!
As part of my goal to continue learning, growing, and being a leader, I want to take the time to use this space to reflect on and share my learning. My hope is that through sharing what I'm learning, I may be able to impact people beyond my school, district, state. As a social media enthusiast, I thrive in making connections and building my PLN. Technology makes the world smaller and opens so many possibilities. It would be foolish not to utilize it to help me reach my goals. 

So I've cleaned up my blog, bought the domain, and connected all the profiles.
I'm ready.
This learner and leader is ready to tackle 21st education!
Will you join me on my journey??

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