Saturday, September 27, 2014

Teach Thought 30 Day Blogger Challenge- Day 27

Teach Thought 30 Day Blogger Challenge- Day 27

I am still creating myself professionally. And I love it. The educator I was many years ago when I walked through the doors of the school I still teach at and the teacher I am today in the 21st century are worlds apart and for that I am thankful.

So when I think about my Saturdays and my vacations and my holidays, I need that time for me. I need to get away from school just like everyone else. I get tired of it- need a break- want to escape the grind, to stop the noise, and outside influences and center on what important- time connecting with family and friends to laugh, to cry, to vent and just be Beth.

But I have this tiny person (it's tiny, but it has a loud voice!) inside of me that constantly pushes me to be someone different tomorrow than who I am today. And I am okay with that. So my Saturday, vacations, holidays also include time for improvement. It may be reading a book about teaching, it may be finding a new activity or websites that have ideas for my classroom, it may be learning about a new teaching approach, and it even could be seeking out other like minded educators to work with both locally and globally. Devoting part of my "free time" to re-inventing myself has strengthened what I teach and how I teach it and students are benefiting from that.

I am still re-designing the teacher I want to be and I still have many Saturdays, vacations and holidays to do just that. I hope that I am finished before I retire in less than 10 years. But I probably won't be. Because I am work in progress. And I love it.

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