As I sit back and relax after an interesting, but promising week, I thought I’d share an inspiring video which came through on the OzTeachers discussion list a few weeks ago.
Its time for a smile …
They say life has its twists, turns, and setbacks; and it can certainly throw up a few surprises.
The last two weeks have been one wild ride, as I’ve embarked on my first full-time contract teaching position for the duration of Term 1, 2011.
As of 9AM this morning, on the first day of school, I became a classroom teacher for the very first time.
While sitting there watching this mornings #edchat, and contemplating the QLD cyclone, I received a phone call from the Department of Education – and began a new phase in my professional journey.
I’ve been preparing for this day for over two years – developing my pedagogical and ICT skills, learning how to plan effective literacy and numeracy curriculum programmes, and contemplating what I’d do in my first days and weeks of school. Now, to my utter astonishment, I have been given the opportunity to actually apply my professional learning and skills in my own classroom!
To be honest, I’m really excited! I have an incredibly supportive Principal and Admin team, and was really welcomed into the school community. I know I have a lot to learn. I know that the coming months are going to be stressful, but they will be a positive and incredibly exciting learning experience.
Yes, I’m a second year graduate teacher, but I’m not afraid to ask for help. I know that I won’t be travelling on this journey alone – I have a supportive school community, and an incredibly diverse Personal Learning Network.
Dear PLN: consider yourself on notice!
As I embark on a significant new chapter of my journey, I’m going to need your continued help, encouragement, and support. When I’ve asked for help in the past, you’ve been there. I’ve been immensely grateful, and I know you’ll be there when I need your help. Thankyou
I will continue to share my experiences through A Relief Teacher’s Journey over the coming year. I’m looking forward to being a teacher and learner through 2011 and beyond; and I look forward to a long-term and meaningful engagement with my Personal Learning Network.
Well, the Edublogs™ Kick Start Your Blogging Challenge draws to a close this week. It’s been quite a ride, and quite a heavy workload - for a blogger accustomed to producing 4 posts a month.
In response to the penultimate challenge, I’ve created a guide to the widgets and badges displayed on the A Relief Teacher’s Journey sidebar, which has undergone a significant evolution over the course of this incredible professional learning experience.
My Sidebar Widgets & Badges