I am currently in my eighth year of teaching. In that time I have taught Grades Prep, One and Two and have taken on a variety of different leadership roles within my school. I have learnt so much about children, education, schools, leadership, teaching and learning in the past eight years, and I feel I am a very different person and teacher now, compared to when I started teaching.
One of my favourite elements of blogging is the opportunity for reflection. I am constantly thinking about how I can improve as a teacher, but recording my thoughts, ideas and opinions takes that self analysis and growth to a higher level. I thought I would reflect on some of the ways I have changed in teaching Literacy over the past eight years.
When reflecting on the changes I have made over the past few years, the increased use of technology is obvious. There were no interactive whiteboards in my school when I first started teaching, and now I would really struggle to teach without one. I also use my time much better now than when I first started teaching. Prioritising is so important! When I look at graduates now, I wonder if they feel as overwhelmed as I did in my first year. It is always interesting to reflect on how we first started and how much we’ve grown. Of course, after only eight years, I’m sure there is plenty of professional growth left for me yet!