2014-2015 school year: ready or not, here it comes…

Posted: September 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

As BHS opens it doors for the new school year, one thing is for certain: change is in the air.  The need for change is sometimes necessary and welcomed by society for a variety of social needs.  Other times, it seems that change is brought about just for the sake of change.  Education, historically, has sure met both of these criteria.  As someone who usually has no problem with change, I have found my flexibility to be an asset when asked to alter my approach to anything that is being modified.  This year, I am hoping that this holds true as the the school district has moved to a mandated standards-based learning system/grading in Language Arts.

What we definitely have in this situation is the “old dog” being taught new tricks.  Personally, I have resisted the change to SBLS for quite some time.  This year, however, the change has been made for me.  The movement to SBLS this year is, without a doubt, my biggest challenge of the year.  I’m sure there will be many moments where I will struggle this year with implementation, and because of that, I have a bit of anxiety before the year has even started.  

What I need from parents, students, and frankly anyone that is affected by what happens in my classroom, is patience.  I feel like I need one of those name tags that you see new employees wearing at restaurants and other businesses that let people know that you are new and being trained, so you know going into your transaction that this person is learning on the fly.  Well, that’s me!

Despite my SBLS anxiety, I am cautiously optimistic that this will still be a great year.  No matter what approach, relationships are still the most important part of education.  That is something that will never change.

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