It's almost time. The first day of school is almost here! I know that this is a busy time and there is lots of PD and prep work happening for educators right now. However, I want to encourage you to take some time do something that will drive and influence your entire year...identify your core beliefs. You see, your core beliefs about education, students, learning, and relationships are already impacting what you do and how you teach. They are your "why", the reason that you do what you do. But have you ever taken time to really stop and name those core beliefs?
Identifying your core beliefs and sharing them with others help to make them a reality. So, how do you know what they are? How can you share them and why should they be top priority? I think it's best to start with what you believe that every student deserves. I like to think of them as targets that I was aiming for with every experience that was designed, every tool that was used, and every relationship that was built. Now don't get me wrong, there were many times that I missed the mark. But when I did, I knew it and was able to regain focus and aim more carefully with the next attempt.
As you think about your core beliefs, don't think about standardized testing, standards, or lesson plans. Just focus on what you truly believe that every single learner needs and deserves from you and your classroom this year.
Let me share my core beliefs...