REFLECTIONS OF A RESOURCE TEACHER

Quotes to Inspire & Consider

One of the Best Opportunities in Teaching

The decision to leave the classroom and pursue an opportunity in leadership was an easy one eight years ago. Soon after accepting an instructional leadership role as an Early Literacy Teacher, I began to wonder whether I had the experience and practical knowledge that it would take to embrace this new opportunity. The professional development that was provided by the Peel District Board in this new role assisted me in transitioning from teaching students to teaching teachers. As part of the "ELT" team, we shared ideas, discussed issues in education, provided training with new ministry documents and as a group of experienced teachers we were often encouraged to rethink how we once taught in our own classrooms. The ELT team is like no other team in the Peel District School Board, it is a network of determined and experienced teachers who strive to make a difference with teachers and ultimately the students in their classrooms. At times it was like a dance in teaching - knowing some of the steps, improvising when needed and testing out new ideas in creative expression. At the end of five years in this role, it was time to make another decision - to return to the classroom or not...



In the Peel District School Board there are many opportunities to continue to learn and grow as a professional and the decision was made to continue along this journey of professional growth in becoming an Elementary Instructional Resource Teacher. This opportunity provided an even larger view of the system and the many components that work in harmony to provide outstanding services for students and families. Becoming an "RT" saw my portfolio grow to seven schools (previously four) and extend to all areas of the curriculum. This new role also provided many opportunities to work as a collaborative team of educators (superintendents, ministry officers, coordinators, special education resource staff, administrators and technology specialists) reaching more teachers and ultimately more students in the system.


It is hard to account for all of the learning that I have consumed and embraced over the last eight years, and once again at the end of three years another important decision was required. There are many components to consider when faced with career decisions - too many to go into here. I have chosen to return to the classroom and try out many new ideas with grade three students (a grade that I have not yet had the opportunity to teach in my 21 years of teaching).


There are many people who influence your decisions and many people to thank for the wonderful journey that is now at it's end. That is why I have chosen to create a few inspirational slideshows that hopefully will inspire my colleagues.


Off to a closer location to face new challenges, meet new people, encourage questions, curiosity, and share my passion for learning! There really is no better profession in the world!

PROFESSIONAL READING FOR SUMMER 2013

Advice & Inspirational Quotes

Be creative, curious, imaginative and dream big!

PREPARING FOR THE GRADE THREE READ ALOUD

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAVE ENCOURAGED ME TO BE CREATIVE, CURIOUS & IMAGINATIVE