Life has taught me a lesson many times this year but I only learned it yesterday. I have been in charge of more things on a school-wide level this year than ever and I panic a bit before each one and assess myself a lot afterward. Yesterday I learned that trying to do everything myself is not only bad for me but also bad for others! There are a few people I could have worked with (prior to having everyone sign up for Khan Academy) that would have made things go more smoothly. Coordinating with others would have saved ME a lot of prep work and all of YOU some confusion. Looking back on the year thus far, I see many instances in which LIFE was trying to teach me this lesson.
But I'm stubborn. And can be slow to catch on.
Thank you LIFE for the lesson that finally sunk in. I will do better next time for certain.
This is HUGE realization for me personally, but also as an educational observation. I cannot begin to list the number of times that my experiences have offered me the chance to learn this lesson. I have been taught it over and over! Why didn't I learn it? I was not in a place where I was ready I suppose.
It's sort of like reading To Kill a Mockingbird. I did it in probably 9th grade and did the work associated with it. I got the A's. I answered the questions, blah, blah, blah. But not until I re-read it as an adult did it click! This story was incredible!
I had not been ready to learn.
Makes me wonder how many lessons I have taught kids that they maybe learned later, after they left my room. It's a good reflection for teaching: How can we get as many students as possible ready to learn what we are about to teach them. I am in no way saying this is an EASY thing to do, but I better understand today than I did yesterday, how important that is!
Hope you all have a good weekend!
I am a high school teacher in Wheatfield, Indiana, trying to reach out to my kids in a way that works for them.