Monday, January 4, 2016

Swirling Questions

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Zora Neale Hurston's words are floating around in my head, "There are years that ask questions and years that answer." I notice that I am filled with questions and I wonder if this year will provide any answers. Am I where I'm supposed to be? What is a good teacher? Am I a good teacher?
Am I meeting the needs of my students? How can I better meet their needs? How am I at working on a team? Am I stubborn and close-minded? Am I helpful to others? Do I challenge my students?
What do my students think? What am I supposed to do? What does success look like? Who defines that?
What's important? Am I good enough? How can I be better? 
When my students walk out of my classroom, what do I want them to know, feel, be? How do I meaningfully teach all I need to teach? How do I engage them? Are they engaged? How can I make it better? Where do I begin? 
School has changed so much that I wonder about so many of these questions. It's easy to become overwhelmed by all of this, but I must confess...the act of writing down these questions has helped me. Maybe the answers lie in the questions. Taking time to reflect and really think about the questions...that's my strategy. What are your questions? 

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