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Juggling Act

 

Do you ever feel like you are juggling a ton of balls and if one drops, everything else will drop too?  Have you ever felt like you are working your tail off only to continue to hear what else you need to juggle?  If so, then we are partners because I feel like I’m juggling a lot now and the people I work with are too!  While my juggling act is trying to juggle my career and  being a new parent and continue to put my all into both, I feel and see everyday the juggling act of teachers! I’m kind of stealing this idea from my friend, Heather Rollings who did a fantastic job leading us in a professional development experience today, titled Juggling Act!  I don’t know about everywhere, but my guess is that most places in education right now are in a time of great change.  We have common core state standards, new resources, new technology, and we are expected to use it all with students to prepare them for their future!

 “It is through the winds of change that you find your true direction.”

 WOW, that speaks loudly to me!  You?

While I like change, I know it’s hard for many. Sometimes we’ve been doing something for so long, we don’t realize that there’s a better way, or a more effective way, or we’re afraid to change because what used to work, got results.  But something has to give!!!! Education is this incredible gift, a free one too in this country, and we can’t burn out teachers, burn out students, or misinform parents because if we continue to do what we’ve always done,  that is exactly what might happen (I fear) Then where will we be?

What if someone told you there was a way to get everything done in your instructional day and you didn’t have to add more time?

What if there was a way to reach all the students in your classroom without creating a different lesson plan for each child? (which by the way, for a period of time in my classroom career, I did that)

What if someone told you it was OKAY to stop doing something?  Wow, that one is huge, how liberating would that be?!

What if someone offered to work alongside you in your classroom to help find solutions to the problem of juggling it all and trying to fit it all in?

Well, friend, if you are reading this, then you just might get what you wish for! I love my job, I love teaching  and I love learning, but I don’t love feeling the stress that weighs people down when they are working so hard and not getting results or feeling overwhelmed.  I remember that feeling as a classroom teacher too well, and when an opportunity arose to leave it and try something different, I did. But not everyone gets that opportunity. So, I’m proposing something to teachers, it might work, it might not! But we will never know if we don’t try!

Here’s my offer:

I would love an opportunity to try some of this awesome new technology and harness the power of what it can do by teaching actual students and documenting the process. See the downside to my job is I don’t have students or a classroom to try things on!

I would also love the opportunity to work alongside a classroom teacher for a week  immersed in the daily life of the classroom in 2013.  While I don’t think I’ve forgotten what it’s like in the classroom, I know that a lot can change in 6 years, so maybe what I thought would work, won’t anymore, but again, I won’t know if I don’t try.  Again, I would be another teacher in the room, planning, teaching, collaborating, and documenting this process to share.

If you are interested, please email me!

 Of course if you’re not a teacher in my district, I’d love to help you, but I might not be able to come to your classroom!

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