A short post today as I get ready to head back to school tonight to chaperone the “Mr. Pioneer” talent show/fundraiser (add this to my growing list of things I thought I’d never do)…
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about my teaching practice, why I do the things I do, how I can be more effective, etc. Of course, this line of thinking started to overwhelm me a bit, so I came back to this one basic question – what are my non-negotiables? What are the things about teaching and my classroom that I would absolutely not compromise?
I came up with a few different answers, things like having a certain level of autonomy in making curricular decisions and collaborating with some of my colleagues, finding a way to laugh every day (a sense of humor is key, I’ve realized, in a successful teaching career).
But at the end of the day, I think a non-negotiable for me is my relationship with my students… having time to work with and learn along side students each day.
I need more time to think on this. My thoughts aren’t quite fully formed yet… still, it’s an interesting question.
What are your non-negotiables?
This post is part of the “Slice of Life” series, organized by the teachers at Two Writing Teachers, whose goal is to give teachers a place to write and reflect. This March, more than 250 teachers have committed to daily writing. If you’d like to read more “slices” (from other teachers and even some students), visit twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/challenges.