Stepping Back So We Can Move Forward

This afternoon didn’t go well. Here’s a list of reasons why:

  • I wasn’t as prepared as I should have been.
  • I had a headache that started in the morning and never went away.
  • I was teaching something the kids weren’t ready to learn, at least not all of them and definitely not the way I was doing it.
  • I struggled to accept the examples they were sharing after the mini lesson.

So, I took a deep breath. I reminded myself that this is what they know and what they can do at this point in time. My work is cut out for me. I have a direction I need to go in.

I will take small groups and address specific needs. I will give kids lots of partner practice before I ask them to write down anything. I will slow down.

I overreached and I need to take a step back.

And, that’s what I love about teaching: as teachers, we get do overs every single day. And, so do the kids.

Cross posted to Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life Tuesday.

4 thoughts on “Stepping Back So We Can Move Forward

  1. I appreciate your vulnerability! So often, we tend to blog about what goes well, and hide those moments of struggle… but that’s where the best learning so often happens, for us and the kids! From your reflection, I can tell you will reach your learners tomorrow, and model how to respond to challenges while you do it!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s