Hard to believe this is year 25 of my career. It seems like yesterday I was the brand new kid on the block with new and somewhat unconventional ideas. It was amazing the raised eyebrows I received when I made it clear that I wanted to hear what my students had to say, even if it was a little off. Even worse were the looks I got when I began preaching that I was not looking for the "right" answer but the thought that went into getting there. 25 years later as I sit here planning for the 2011-2012 school year, I again am thinking about the questions I will ask, and the thought I will attempt to provoke. I stand by my philosophy that we need to turn out more than good test takers from public schools. We need to turn out good thinkers. The pressure is on,however, to up the test scores. RIght now I'm trying to figure out how to do that as well as teach the power of thought. 25 years in, and Im stil growing, reaching, and learning. Not sure I have 25 more years in the field, but I have this year. I'll give it my best shot.
I love my job. Teaching is an art and I enjoy learning and growing along with my students. I can't think of any thing else I'd rather do.