Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My First Step

During the 2011-2012 school year, I am going to be teaching algebra 1 and English 10 in a blended classroom format.  One of the things I want my students to do is create and maintain a personal blog.  Since my students will be blogging, I thought I should start blogging myself.  I intend to use this blog as my reflection space for this endeavor.

I heard 2010 National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown-Wessling  speak at the Iowa Mentoring and Induction Institute last night.  I took a couple things from her speech.  First, teachers must make deliberate choices in terms of what is taught and how it is taught.  Brown-Wessling also talked about having a growth versus fixed mind set.  Teachers, as well as students, continue to grow.  Teachers, as well as students, need to feel free to make mistakes.  I thought these words were good ones on which to start my journey.  Deliberate practice.  Focus on growth.  Failure is never final.

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