With that being said, my reflection process has led me down a different road. I have decided to (and been warmly accepted to) return to the classroom, where it all began! I will continue my leadership in mathematics through opportunities with outside agencies, but I will have my very own 3rd grade classroom back in the Upper Perkiomen School District and I am very excited about this. I will be able to focus on 3rd grade math (and balanced literacy and science) but mainly on just my third grade students and my family!
As an administrator I have learned many things. Here are just a few:
- You can't pour from an empty cup
- You can't make everyone happy all of the time
- Leadership and culture start at the top and live within you
- A shared vision is necessary for change
- Believe in those around you and they will believe in themselves
I also want to mention that I have come to see in my role as an administrator the vast similarities between teaching and learning in ELA and teaching and learning mathematics. I hope to expand upon some of those similarities as I go through my first year of teaching third grade. I will also be focused on writing about and developing strategies for teaching children math right here on my blog. I would love any feedback or words of wisdom you may have for me in my future endeavors. I'll have more info to come soon on what my classroom will look like, the makeup of my day, and the learning I hope to embark upon with my third graders for the year to come.