For many of us, it has been a summer of learning.
For many of us, it has been a summer of renewal.
Of finding new ideas
Of tweaking the old ones.
Of refocusing, re-thinking, and perhaps even re-committing.
We eagerly await the arrival of those kids, we hope will become our kids, and we dream of the year to come.
But before the first day of school there is bound to be training. There is bound to be new programs, new initiatives, new things added on to our already heavy shoulders in order to make this year the possibly best year we have ever had. And I try to be excited and I try to be ready and I try to be open-minded, but I realize now that while the program may be amazing. While the research may be compelling. While the intentions may be the best, it doesn’t really matter.
You could bring us the very best program in the world, but it may never be enough.
cross posted at http://pernillesripp.com/
Mass consumer of incredible books, Pernille Ripp helps students discover their superpower as a middle school teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin. She opens up her educational practices and beliefs to the world on her blog www.pernillesripp.com and is also the creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, a global literacy initiative that since 2010 has connected more than 1,00,000 students. Her book Passionate Learners - How to Engage and Empower Your Students is helping teachers change the way students feel about school. Her other book Empowered Schools, Empowered Students is meant to give others the courage to change. Follow her on Twitter @pernilleripp.