Monday, November 14, 2011

"If I could give you one piece of advice, it would be to document EVERYTHING..."

It's been almost 3 years since I heard those words from my Jeannie, the teacher I worked with during student teaching, and have I done anything about them? No. I have documented nothing about my time teaching.

Sure, my resumé could be some sort of documentation, right? It certainly lists all of the hours I have spent in meetings learning things to bring into my classrom, the papers I've written, and every presentation I have made for every organization I'm a part of (trust me, y'all, there are A LOT of acronyms on my resumé).

But where's the joy? The daily in and out of actually living this teaching thing? This is a blood, sweat and tears job, but I don't see any evidence of any of that on any documentation I've made.

10 years from now I want to remember the amazing sentence that a student said, a brilliant idea someone came up with, or the hug that came out of nowhere in the middle of a lesson. Forget the acronyms, it's about to get real!

Are you ready?