This year I set out on possibly my craziest journey yet- balancing being a full time teacher AND starting a Masters of Education degree! Although it has been a wild balancing act of tying to maintain my sanity, my excitement in the classroom, and an array of assignments- I have absolutely loved every second!
I think the challenge for teachers is always to keep growing and improving themselves when we are tasked with so many different challenges in our professions. I believe that when we take time to fill our own buckets and replenish the knowledge bank in our own hearts and minds then we can arrive so much more ready for our kids. I think especially as teachers, we must push ourselves to keep learning and growing in many elements of ourselves, just as we expect of our students.
Honestly though, I know what you might be thinking; “ya right life long learning, I cant even keep up…”. Don’t worry I get it.
In my first year of teaching, I felt like the life long learning thing was too much. I was sent to so many professional development days, was challenged to read so many books, went back to University in January of my first year… it was a lot. And I can tell you that there definitely is a time and place in our lives where we are prepared to accept new things.
The solution that I have come to learn is that it is not necessarily about a TON of different things at once that challenge us to grow to keep learning. But at times, is just little things that could be little pushes to grow in our lives. Some examples could be; reading a book over a few months, listening to a podcast once a week, setting daily reflection time. Life long learning is sometimes small meaningful steps not large leaps.
Throughout this first semester of my Masters Degree, it has definitely been one of the large steps for me. This semester has been a ‘TSN turning point’ in my life. Meaning that it has directed some change in me (just as a turning point could in a sports game) to propel an outcome that may have been different if I had not gone down this path. The people that I have met, the questions that have been asked of me, the reflecting I have done, the assignments I have been challenged to complete- have all truly been a game changers.
I know I still have a long journey ahead of me, but for now I am feeling grateful for the gift that this degree have given me (so far). I am eager for the next chapter and I am also motivated to continue smaller life long learning pieces into my life.
I hope you take some time for your own personal growth.