The feelings I have today compared to previous school years as a classroom teacher aren't very different. I'm excited about the possibilities, motivated by the professional development I've done during the summer, inspired by the successes I've experienced in previous years, and ready to refine the art and craft of my teaching. I am excited to empower students, highlight student voice, and continue to engage in professional development with other educators.
Highlight Student Voice
The difference is that this year I will be coaching and mentoring teachers so we both can empower students. I will be creating structures at school sites rather than in my own class to highlight student voice. I have the privilege of engaging with many more educators in professional development.
I am glad this is Day 1.
Let it begin.