Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Expanding Our Territory

A few weeks ago I agreed to teach "bootcamp" for a group of our ELL students - 4th and 5th graders to be exact.  I haven't taught kids that big for almost 15 years.  Needless to say I was a little nervous.

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?

Mrs. M

1 comment:

  1. This is such a great post! Blogging has been a HUGE step for me to expand my territory. I share a lot about Conscious Discipline on my blog and how amazing it is. I have been overwhelmed by others who are now trying it too and seeing a HUGE difference in their classrooms.

    I also want to try and reach out to ALL of the members of the families of my ELL kiddos. =)

    I am happy to be a new follower to your blog. I would love for you to hop over and visit me when you get the chance. =)

    Heather's Heart