In my last blog post, I decided I was going to create a community of excited learners, and I am still not sure what that will look like, but I now know where it is going to start.
The journey has not had a smooth beginning; it has included some starts and stops and detours. I originally thought I would end up being an assistant principal, yet every time that door opened, it was closed and I was beginning to wonder what was going to happen (and if I had just blown a huge chunk of change LOL).
But last week I got an opportunity to go a totally different route, which excited me, but it was hard to let go of the assistant principal idea too. Over the last few days though, with a final detour and course correction, my path has crystallized and I am happily letting go of being an assistant principal and moving toward a new direction of coaching and working with teachers as a learning facilitator with my district’s secondary science department. I have left my classroom (bittersweet as that is) and dropped the idea that I will be an administrator (which wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be) and am now super excited about this new chance to work with teachers. So starting in August, I will not be a high school Aquatics teacher, but a learning facilitator for 8 amazing secondary schools. I will get to help plan curriculum, develop learning opportunities and meet awesome teachers. I can’t wait.
A wonderful mentor told me that I may not understand why something was happening until looking back on it, and this feels like that sort of adventure. So, I am really looking forward to being able to look back in a few years and say “Wow, I am so glad I became a facilitator and not an AP because if _____ then ____ would never have happened—and I met awesome people along the way.”
Let’s get this unexpected adventure on the way.
As I wrap up my Masters, the question I keep getting asked is: What are you going to do with it? A valid and important question! LOL
A few months ago, I wrote a short phrase: “I want to gather information and share it… talk about and share energy in collaborations–create a community”
Today, I revised it ever so slightly:
What would make me happy:
I want to gather information about the best stuff and then talk about it and share energy in collaborations–create a community of excited learners!
This is what I am going to do with my Masters! Create a community of excited learners.
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