Sunday, December 15, 2013

All I Want for Christmas:An Educator's List!

When my siblings and I were younger, my parents had us write a list of everything we wanted for Christmas. Of course, raising 5 kids, we never got everything we put on that list. But it felt so good writing it because you knew you were going to get something on that list.


1.productive professional development throughout the school year- teacher-driven PD,what a concept!

2.smaller class size - this year I learned that 5 less kids makes a HUGE difference

3.a deep-seated belief in my professional judgement- I do know what I'm doing as a priority - school is not a babysitting service

5.not another "new thing" - made up by non-educators

6.the complete removal of standardized testing- the word "standardized" is a problem

7.returning the arts and recess to public schools- they never left private schools

8.stop the war on public schools - and public school teachers

9.the integration of tech in the classroom - it is not a phase

10. the eradication of education "reform"- need I say more?

12.the continued expansion of my PLN - they make teaching terrific!

And most of all:
11.that I continue to grow and evolve as an educator- 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  1. Hear hear! My principal has actually allowed the PDD committee to come up with topics for our PDD days. We have had presentations on Socratic seminars, flipping the classroom, mini workshops on all of our technology, and close reading. It's been much more interesting than another Charlie-Brown's-teacher presentation on bringing up our lowest 25% and "building the airplane while we're flying it."

  2. Kim, that is fantastic! :) I never heard the "building the airplane while we're flying it." saying before!

  3. This is a list of a true teacher who wants to make the education better and more successful! Good luck in New Year =)

  4. Good luck with the wish list. How many of these wishes did Santa actually grant you? :P