“Teaching is an instinctual act, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process, where one rehearses constantly while acting, sits as a spectator at a play one directs, engages every part in order to keep choices open and the shape alive for the student, so that the student may enter in and begin to do what the teacher has done: make choices.”
- A. Bartlett Giamatti
As we return to our professional work following our Christmas Break I thought I would pen a different version of my professional resolutions for 2013. I make them public in the hope that we can collaboratively work together to find many successes throughout the year.
One of my reflections during the holidays was a reminder of how human is our profession. We can build new schools, alter bus routes, develop new technologies, but in the end, it is the human interactions in the classroom and the school that drives our educational endeavours. Let’s hope that we as teachers in the upcoming year can see improvements in the following:
1. More supportive emotional climates for all learners.
2. Strategies to enhance mastery of content, skills and concepts.
3. New ways for learners to apply their knowledge
4. Better use of formative and summative assessments of learners and systems.
5. Enhancements of the professional capital of all associated with our district and profession.
Young learners are with us for part of the day and we accept our responsibilities as educators as part of a collaborative pact with parents, guardians and the community. Another resolution for consideration is an enhanced partnership with parents. I hope:
1. We further develop trust with all parents and guardians.
2. Provide welcoming environments to our parent partners.
3. We find ways to include parents as partners in providing academic support for their children.
4. We can reduce the structural and psychological barriers to increased parental participation in our classrooms and schools.
In return I hope parents can find ways to better support teachers and schools, enhance their roles in developing student self-discipline and provide better information on their children for our consideration.
Resolutions should speak to moral purpose and directions. With this in mind I hope for:
1. More instructional leaders in our district.
2. Continued development of Social responsibility as a way of being.
3. Better and more adult learning.
4. More knowledge and understanding of how to approach and integrate the requirements of 21st Century into our classrooms.
Students have a huge responsibility to support their own learning. My hope is that they find opportunities for enhanced
1. engagement, participation and learning
In the end my resolutions remain the same as they have for over 37 years as a professional. I wish to be the best teacher, connected to the best system serving students and families. Not too much to wish for I hope.
“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals deep inside us that something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust….. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
- e.e cummings