I Laugh in the Face of FEAR
Many teachers are afraid in their own classrooms.
Handcuffed by policy, straight jacketed by leadership and parental opinions, held in restraints by resources and materials that MUST be used and marionetted by scores from standardized testing.
I am very lucky to work in a building where teachers support each other daily. Our admin is open to try new and creative materials and ways to teach children. We try and look past our standardized test scores because we teach in an area, where we know the day to day can be a challenge just to get to school. We know that connecting with the students is number one.
Am I afraid?
Only because I am very lucky to teach in a building that is so supportive. I have tried new teaching ideals, methodology and materials with open arms. I have the chance to try what I feel is best for the students, my classroom and my little community.