Teach Thought Blogging Challenge #29 How have you changed as an educator.
I feel like this prompt could easily turn into a memoir. My whole career is a trail of change. I have always called myself a change agent and I could right chapters about each change and how it has changed me.
So I'm going to select ONE of many ways I have changed as an educator and identify the the one event that was the catalyst to that change -
THE SUMMER THAT ACCESS TO THE INTERNET BECAME A LOCAL PHONE CALL!
- That fall I stopped being the person who decided what my students would learn, carefully planned the curriculum and designed each lesson.
- That fall, my students came back to school filled with ideas about what they wanted to know about because it had been a summer of inquiry for them.
- That fall, I put most everything I had planned aside and followed their passions and saw the most wonderful learning happen in my classroom.
I say I put MOST everything aside - because I still had a "invisible hand" in what we learned. I knew what I wanted them to learn, but I also knew that I would be able to engage them in ways previously unimaginable. My classroom would never be the same again.