But excited . . .
When I changed schools last year, one of my goals was to stretch myself, get out of my comfort zone and "expand my territory". Our librarian has shared that that was how she felt when she left the classroom to take on the position of Library Media Teacher. She wanted to reach more kids! In an article referencing the Prayer of Jabez on families.com it was suggested there are many ways we can do this. Influence, responsibility, time and family were just a few examples.
Well, I sure have worked on building up my territory! I am challenging myself by learning new things and hopefully reaching students in a new way.
These past 4 days of bootcamp have helped me to develop ideas for how I will work with my ELL kindergartners this year. My focus on on their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills has been sharpened. and I am eager to begin. My heart has also grown for these 4th and 5th graders. My desire to see them succeed and take to heart the importance of being multi-lingual in today's world is so strong. They have such an opportunity!
As teachers we have such a responsibility to be the positive influence in our students' lives. I want to reach so many! I will continue to work to "expand my territory".
How will you work to expand yours this school year?