Many good things can come out of conflict. I am currently in conflict. I have conflict with what I am currently doing professionally and where I see what I want to be doing. There is such a divide between the two, I’m not sure how to cross it.
My current position is teaching an ELD classroom that is full of more restrictions than it is creativity and varied opportunities for learning. There is sooo much pressure for students to perform on AIMS there isn’t room for anything besides teaching to the test. I hate it. I understand where it is coming from and why, but surely there has to be a middle ground somewhere.
Where I see myself professionally (today, that is) is teaching writing to middle schoolers. I am inspired by storytelling and the creativity and voice that we all have, if we just learn how to share it. Which really is a place I never thought I would want to be at. I have been greatly inspired by fellow ELD teacher, Ms. Gonzalez, who is a GREAT writing teacher. She gets it. She is so knowledgeable about children’s literature. What’s more important is that she honors students’ voices. I think that technology provides an avenue for students to share their voices in a way that is natural to them. If only we let them, monitor and advise them.
So with that, I must get to where the rubber meets the road. What am I going to do about it? It took me three years to get this site up and running, and I have let it just sit here. I want to teach writing, but really have not honored it for myself. I don’t write everyday more than a Facebook update, and even that has been sporadic lately. I haven’t read an adult book in over a year. REALLY!! Yikes! I am embarrassed to share that. But it is what it is. And it is where I am at. But it is not where I want to be.
Post update(11/10): I don’t hate teaching. I actually enjoy my class this year. (I haven’t said that in two years.) They are a great group. I do hate the testing pressure. Just felt I should clarify.