I’m one week into my new role as Teaching and Learning Coordinator and I already miss you more than I could have anticipated. No matter what I was busy working on last year, the highlight of the day was usually when I dropped what I was doing and came to the classroom.
I miss your sometimes surprising perspectives on things I had only seen from an adult point of view. I miss your creativity in expressing your learning, through drama or art or technology. I miss laughing with you as we’d watch the same funny movie you’d created, over and over again. I miss your incredible questions and wonderings, which often pushed my thinking to new places. I even miss reminding you to stick to our agreement and speak one at a time. More than anything, I miss your insightful responses to my questions about what learning is and how learning works best. I miss being part of your learning community.
The decision not to teach at all wasn’t an easy one, but it was best for the first year in my new role. I love working with the teachers too and as the year unfolds, I know there will be many opportunities to learn with and from you, again.
When I was a 19 year old student teacher doing my practice teaching rounds, my supervisor put a note into my hand as he left the room, saying ‘You were born to teach.’ I haven’t thought about it in years…