My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.



March 20, 2016

Focus, learn, do well #SOL16 20/31

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I told my dad that I am taking more grad school classes this spring.  I plan to get my ESL (for sure) and special ed (maybe) endorsements in addition to reading and elementary teaching licenses.

"I wondered if you were going to start a doctorate program," said my dad.

It's not that I mind taking classes to improve my teaching.  I don't.  I just don't think a doctorate is what I need.  I'm come to the realization that teaching reading in elementary school is right where I want to be.  To better serve my students, an ESL endorsement is key (many districts agree).  Special education courses will help to become more responsive to students' needs.

Right now I want to focus on what I can do to make a difference for my students.  One grad school class at a time hopefully won't take away from my family and fun time.  I do wish a class would require little less time on the computer (oh, my neck!), but I have to be smart about stretching!

I have lots of room to grow as a learner, teacher and colleague.  I have lots of skills and strategies I can share.  Right now, that's what I'll focus on.

5 comments:

  1. Chris,
    I loved this thoughtful post. We can just never stop learning, can we. I have always felt my grad classes pushed me out of the normal every day work I do as a teacher. Eventually, you may find that you want your grad classes to go toward something, and that just might be that doctorate. Whatever you decide, just don't stop learning. :-)

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  2. That's what dads do, they always think just beyond your thinking. Who knows, maybe you will find your way to get that doctorate.

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  3. Always learning.... that's our job. I think I read a post about this during this slicing challenge where someone said they wished when they grew up they would have said they wanted to be a "learner". I thought... genius. We can never stop learning. I love that you're taking one class at a time that are geared to the needs of your job and your students! I'm cheering for you!

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  4. You are very determined! It must feel good that you found exactly where you want to be. Good for you to continue learning everything you can!!

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  5. I once had a conversation like this with my principal. I told him that I didn't need my third graders to call me Dr. Surridge. Ha! Elementary school is where I belong, and just like you, I want to better serve the students right where I want to be. I did go get my National Board Certification in LA--it wasn't easy, but it was the best professional development I have ever done.

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