I take my job seriously. I know that in order to get better at what I do I must continue to learn. This summer I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone by reading books and attending workshops that would really stretch my thinking. I have spent 8
years of my 13 year teaching career as a literacy coach, it would have been very easy for me to continue to explore best practices related to the teaching of reading and writing, but instead I decided to look for opportunities that made me slightly uncomfortable because I knew deep down that these experiences would help me learn the most. So, I began by reading Mindset by Carol Dweck, followed that up by reading Yong Zhao's World Class Learners, took a brief reprieve back into my comfort zone as I read Pathway's to the Common Core for a second time and finished up my summer
reading with The Connected Educator by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall. But that's not all, I attended the Innovative Learning Environments Conference and spent a full day learning how to get connected and build my PLN using Twitter! As I began to explore the Twitterverse I became more and more humbled by the vastness of knowledge around me, by the endless ideas and possibilities, and by all that I did not know.
To say the least, this summer I learned more than ever by finding out
that there is so much that I still need to learn.
My hope for this school year is that I can inspire the educators around me to join me on a learning journey so that together we can engage, inspire and empower our
students. I want to make every day count!