This November will mark my 10th year teaching. A whole decade in the profession wow that’s pretty amazing! It seems like yesterday that I finished up at the Faculty of Ed at Lakehead University and then started supply teaching in Peel. I remember my very first day as a “real” teacher. It was Kindergarten at Madoc Drive PS I was so nervous but I had a blast with those small guys and I think we learned a lot from one another.
10 years in and I feel like I’m just coming into my own. I didn’t set out to make a big change it’s just happened. Thanks to my PLN and twitter I’ve stumbled upon #geniushour, integrating technology whenever I can and now today I was at a fantastic math PD session, Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Dr. Marian Small #mathwithsmall. You know how sometimes you leave a PD session and your head buzzes and you have that super overwhelmed feeling? Well that didn’t happen today. I realize my math program is faced in the right direction but now I have the tools to go down the path. I’m excited to work collaboratively with my colleagues and create meaningful, open-ended tasks for my students.
I know curriculum is super important as it is the building blocks of my program but for the first time I don’t feel stressed about “fitting it all in”. I’m doing things I want to do, things my students need and letting the curriculum fall naturally into place around us!