Last night I had the opportunity to represent first-year teachers on a panel at Lewis and Clark College. I told stories to capture my year of challenges and celebrations; I spoke to what inspires and sustains us in doing this meaningful work; and I shared with them my greatest piece of advice: listen to your students.
7th period yesterday, I told my kids I was going to be talking with a group of aspiring teachers, and because I valued their input, I asked them to jot down two things: one piece of advice they would like to share with a new Language Arts teacher and what they feel is the best thing about our Writer’s Workshop. I collected their words of wisdom, quickly typed them out (not changing a word!), and distributed these to the very grateful MAT students. (more…)