edu180atl: lynnae boudreau 9.1.11
I am not a patient woman. My wide perfectionist streak and I like to get self and students in the groove quickly.
Yet, I find myself learning how to be patient. Call me an old dog.
This summer I worked as a mentor teacher with Breakthrough Atlanta, riding a learning curve with infinite slope. I’ve started a new school, with hiccups aplenty (how to take attendance?). I’m now used to not knowing what’s going on– it’s been freeing. I start to understand that good teaching can still occur when I don’t anticipate everything, haven’t planned a month of lessons, or don’t know all the technology (how to take attendance again?).
I take the lesson further, too, to my students. Usually I have a clear idea of where I want students to be at the end of the year with skills and reasoning abilities. The long view helps when it’s time to plan extra activities, but it also pushes me to keep a certain pace even in the fall. When I knew the flow in my previous school, that worked well, and I liked the rigor. But with a brand new set of students, and a different set of expectations, I can’t predict the pace. So, I go with a pace that students set. Later in the year I’ll assess the trajectory, but for now I can afford to take the time.
I can’t wait to see how well students do with the more relaxed me.
About the Author: Lynnae Boudreau teaches high school math. Loves to learn with others. Always on alearning curve, often at sea, but that’s a good thing.