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Two Writing Teachers
It's my 10th year of teaching in my current position, at my current school. This year (for reasons I can't pinpoint) I've taken on a bad habit.
I'm second guessing my instructional practices.
I'm second guessing my outlook on literacy.
I'm second guessing letting my students have free choice as well as leveled text in their book bags.
I'm second guessing nearly everything I'm doing.
On the other hand....
I'm great at brainstorming ideas for the classroom teachers in my building, always with the caveat, "I don't have a classroom, but have you thought about....?"
The more advice I give, the more I start to second guess what I'm doing and how I'm doing it.
I've always tried NOT to compare myself to other teachers, but then I launch into excuses.
"She's able to try that because her students have more language skills."
"She can accomplish that because she's more effective at behavior management."
"She just wants to impress others."
Second guessing makes for long days, upset stomachs and little sleep.
Maybe I should follow the advice I give to so many colleagues, especially our newest teachers:
"Pick one thing. Dig in. Research. Try. Reflect. Try again. But only pick ONE thing."
Time to find that ONE thing. Time to stop second guessing.