This image requires a bit of an explanation. I really love science and I really, really love teaching science. Every year, to show how variables change air pressure, I do the egg-in-a-jar experiment. Every year, the first part of the experiment goes well - the egg is sucked into the jar. And every year, without fail, the second part of the experiment - getting the egg OUT - always results in some sort of disaster, usually ending with ash and/or egg slime all over my face. The students record observational drawings and last year, this one was my absolute favorite. This student decided to do her observational drawings of me, rather than the experiment. I love the look on my face (those words really did come out of my mouth - obviously in jest) but just look at the faces of the two students - priceless. This drawing is amazing. It perfectly sums up the strong community we had in our classroom last year. We laughed, we cried and this day, we laughed until we cried. We took risks and supported one another in the most authentic way. We grew. Thank you for capturing this moment, A.
After reflecting I have come up with some final feedback on 2014:
Heart (I loved) - I am so proud of the community that was built in my classroom. It took courage, trust and hard work to create. It was a year full of mountains and valleys. My students were the ones who inspired me to connect, blog and share with a new audience and I am so grateful that I took that leap of faith.
Brain (I want to try) - To take more risks. Adjusting to life in a new role has been challenging and exciting. I am an observer by nature and like to spend time understand the way things work. I try listen with more ears, less mouth and contribute in a thoughtful, meaningful way. I have doubted myself (and this approach) in my new role. I am learning about a new district, new colleagues, new position. Now I need to try: share my ideas, develop my vision and take risks so that I can grow.
Thank you for reading and for your collaboration on The Formative Feedback Project, it has been a great year.