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I've been teaching. Teaching middle schoolers, teaching teachers, teaching myself. We've been close reading, writing about reading, answering text-dependent questions, examining non fiction, completing performance tasks, debating, arguing, and writing about those debates and arguments. We're researching, citing, and reflecting. Whatever the CCSS buzz word is, we're teaching it. We're doing it.
I've been reflecting. Each time I don't see a student moving forward, I pore through another book, another strategy, another method to try to find another strategy to reach that student. When a lesson goes so-so, I run, no sprint, back to the drawing board to find ways to engage, inspire, and guide our learners. Maybe it's technology that will do the trick? Was I talking too much? Did I set the purpose for learning? Is the lesson, or assignment relevant, authentic, rigorous? Am I reaching each learner in their zone of proximal development? Am I fostering independence? Why am I working harder than them???
Oh, and I'm six months pregnant. So I've been sleeping. And eating. I've been doing a lot of eating.
But now I'm blogging. And I'm back. Nine inches of snow fell on my lawn yesterday, and today the birds are chirping. I've been away for too long. Teaching is damn hard, but teaching, reflecting, reading and then blogging: well, it's damn energizing, too.