2012 has been a remarkable year. It has been busy and at times demanding, exciting and stimulating. There have been many ups and a few downs but each time I have managed to get back up again! I have learnt a great deal, I have taught a great deal, I have accomplished so much more than I could have imagined, which of course, has left me wanting even more! I have been surprised and I have been shocked but I can happily look back on 2012 and know that I am still in the right place. Being an educator is who I am and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I love my job, no matter what it throws at me and yes, some days I may just want to pull my hair out…but I don’t because I know that what I am doing is worth it. There are young people who rely on me everyday to be the best I can be, so I keep going. I don’t give up. I do it for them!
My highlights of 2012 have included:
– This Blog: What a wonderful way to share and learn from others, to engage in professional learning and to reflect on my practice.
– My Class Blog: My very first year of blogging in my class has opened up a myriad of ideas and learning in my classroom.
– T is For Teaching: An article by Jewel Topsfield published in The Age Newspaper. Teachers rarely get the recognition they deserve for the things they do in the classroom, just to be noticed and valued for what I have done is something that I am extremely grateful for.
– Evernote Ambassador: This year I was made an international education ambassador for Evernote. It is extremely exciting to share, teach, help and inspire other teachers to use Evernote to become more organised and efficient teachers!
– My students: I have been blessed with an amazing group of students who have challenged me and nearly everyday teach me something new. Without them I would not have been able to accomplish half as much as I did this year.
Where to in 2013-
– IWBNet Leading a Digital School Conference: I am looking forward to presenting and running workshops about Evernote at the IWBNet leadership conference, my first conference presentation.
– Evernote Ambassadorship: I can’t wait to meet more teachers looking at using Evernote and being able to share what I know with them.
– A new year in a growing school: 2013 will be the third year of operation for my school and I have been there from the beginning- what a privilege to be a part of it.
– Continuing to learn and grow: I don’t think I could ever stop wanting to find out more, I wonder what i will learn in 2013?
My ‘words of wisdom’ from what I have learnt this year:
- Expect the unexpected
- Start with a clean slate
- Be patient
- Never give up
- Have high expectations
- Hard work really does pay off
- Learn from those around you
- Listen to what others have to say
- Discuss…don’t argue
- Nudge…don’t force
- Put yourself out there
- Try something new…try something new…try something new…try something new…try something new…get it?
- Give people time- everybody is different, just because what someone else does is not the same as what you would do, doesn’t mean it is wrong
- Ask questions- enquire, research, have the want for more, we are always learning!
- Smile and be positive- ‘EVERYDAY is a good day to have a good day’ (as my thermo mug tells me every morning)…even if you don’t feel like it…our students deserve the best!
What has 2012 been like for you?
What are you looking forward to in 2013?
What are your ‘words of wisdom’?