This week, we had a slow chat for #VCHSChat. The topic was "Wishes". I was working that day, so I was able to pop in and out of the chat, but I didn't get a chance to really think about my answers. Today, on Christmas Eve...I am now ready to reflect. *Warning, I have a feeling this is going to be VERY Pollyanna*.
Q1: What do you wish for your students? #VCHSchat
Unfortunately, I no longer have my own classroom, so I do not have MY own students, per se. So here is my wish for ALL students, no matter the age. I wish that students feel comfortable and safe in their classrooms, their schools, their environments. I wish that they feel supported and cared for, in all they do, and are encouraged to think "outside of the box" and take risks. I wish that they are celebrated for their differences and feel valued for their worth.
Q2: What do you wish to try in the new year? #VCHSchat
I wish to try any new experience that gets thrown my way. I wish to take more risks and share those stories. I wish to expand my PLN as well as my presentation and blog audiences. I wish to try more coding and robotics (2 things totally outside of my wheelhouse). I wish to try teaching in some secondary classrooms (big risk for me!).
Q3: What do you wish to change in the new year? #VCHSchat
I wish to change my personal struggles with listening to the chatter. I wish to keep my focus and not let outside factors influence me, if I am on the path to my purpose. I wish to help change educators' mindsets and help to open them up to the possibilities for growth for themselves and their students.
Q4: What are your professional development wishes? #VCHSchat
I wish to provide the professional development opportunities that are needed AND wanted. I wish to take educators to professional development outside of our area. I wish for those that receive good professional development, to share the wealth. I wish that more could benefit from great professional learning opportunities and knew that they have the resources to do so. I wish that there is more collaboration within AND across grade levels, schools, district, county, state...
Q5: What is your wish for others (colleagues, administrators, PLN)? #VCHSchat
My wish for all is the same. I wish that everyone feels included, valued, supported and to know their worth. I wish that they feel comfortable and confident to share their ideas and that these ideas are valued and acknowledged. I wish that they all knew and shared their strengths, yet are open to growth. I wish that people shared their appreciation of each other more, as it's those little things that keep us going.
And there you have it...My wish list as we head into 2017. What are your wishes?? Can we turn those wishes into goals for the new year? Please share in the comments.
Mother, teacher, TOSA, GCE Level 1 & 2, Encourager of others.
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