Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Do You Have Time To Sit? GOOD!

I am here to tell you, dear ones, that you are NOT lazy if you are sitting down for awhile. You know what you are? You're a facilitator.  If you are finding yourself with minutes upon minutes to sit at your desk, type out an email, and--GASP!--possibly even call some students over to conference with them, then I say "Bravo!".  You have effectively paced your instruction to inform your students and then successfully provided them with the tools and opportunity to accomplish a task that you gave them!  Is that not the ultimate goal?  

I am a teacher who sits sometimes.  In fact, I find myself wondering as I type this and my students are doing research on their iPads and taking screen shots of dinosaur fossils to share as a Science grade if someone might walk in here and FREAK OUT because I am taking a moment to blog and to be at my desk.  I don't think that should be the case.  Of course, anyone wondering what happens in my room is welcome to join us.  I would love the chance to show off :) 

Anyway, this was just on my mind and I am quite sure I am not the only one afraid of pop-in observations and the questions that will arise if someone walks by to see me sitting.  To me, this job is about leading by example.  What my students are witnessing right now is a teacher who is organized enough to preplan lessons, well versed enough to allow them to use technology, and who uses her time wisely by staying busy and using technology herself, to communicate and to interact with the world.  

...and, in case you're wondering, YES it feels good to sit :) 

Love from Grade 3,