Back to School and R.E.A.D.Y. to Go!

I feel like Amelia Bedelia this week. I’m headed out to wish and welcome hundreds of teachers and leaders into the 2011-2012 school year, and I could not be more excited.

To ensure both kids and teachers are ready to go, I’ve pulled together a special back-to -school list of resources and reminders to ensure this school year will be R.E.A.D.Y for the very best!

R.- Reflection Practice in teaching and learning does not make perfect; pondering does. I believe that if we can teach ourselves and our students to make reflection an integral part of living and learning, we  help make knowledge deep and lasting.

E. Enchantment is the process of delighting people with content, conversations, and experiences that will inform and empower them. Enchantment is a feeling you want every student, teacher, and community member to have towards your classroom and school. We determine whether or not school will be a GET to DO or a HAVE-TO-DO experience by commitment to enchantment.

A. Asking Questions The ability to ask the right kind of question, at the right time is the hallmark of a truly efficient and successful learner. This year make question-asking, not question-answering a priority with more lessons like these.

D. Do Not Ignore or Underestimate Genius – Every student is a genius. I mean this in the sense, that every student has gifts, talents, and hidden contributions they would be willing to make if only they were asked.  Genius exists now and is awaiting for it’s opportunity to show up. Will we provide it?

Y. YES! Teach with intention and passion, but be open to new partnerships and possibilities. When they come, don’t count the ways it won’t or can’t work…believe the answer to How is YES, and go from there!  Here are a few lessons to get you started.

So, are you  R.E.A.D.Y to go do some life changin’ and world changin’ with me….the time is now!

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  • http://twitter.com/RobynMcMaster Robyn McMaster

    Reading this makes me excited about learning @angelamaiers:disqus.  I keep pushing myself into new arenas. #blogchat

  • http://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers

    Thank Robyn! You have taught me to always keep challenging my brain. Being a learner is a full time job, and I love every synapse it creates! 

  • Anonymous

    Hi Angela,
    Yes, I have spent my summer getting R.E.A.D.Y and am thoroughly enjoying my first week of school. My new students are so amazing and I can’t wait to find out more about their passions and their genius. I took time on the very first day to talk to each of them about their passion as they worked on their paper blogging project. They will have time tomorrow to comment on each others’ paper blogs, and then on Thursday they will get their very own kidblog. 

    As I moderated my fourth graders’ blog posts last year, I got to know more about each one of them as they found their “voice”. They wrote about their learning in math, their reaction to projects we did in class, and their passions for Identity Day. They shared their joys, their fears, their ups, and their downs. I am so glad that I allow my students to blog.

    I hope when teachers enter their classrooms for the first time this year, they will also be R.E.A.D.Y.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Angela,
    Yes, I have spent my summer getting R.E.A.D.Y and am thoroughly enjoying my first week of school. My new students are so amazing and I can’t wait to find out more about their passions and their genius. I took time on the very first day to talk to each of them about their passion as they worked on their paper blogging project. They will have time tomorrow to comment on each others’ paper blogs, and then on Thursday they will get their very own kidblog. 

    As I moderated my fourth graders’ blog posts last year, I got to know more about each one of them as they found their “voice”. They wrote about their learning in math, their reaction to projects we did in class, and their passions for Identity Day. They shared their joys, their fears, their ups, and their downs. I am so glad that I allow my students to blog.

    I hope when teachers enter their classrooms for the first time this year, they will also be R.E.A.D.Y.

  • http://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers

    When I think of READY, teachers like you come to mind, Paula! I am thrilled to hear that you planned for, honored, and launched your year with passion front and center. I am sol excited to read their blogs and see how their passion develop over the year! 

    Bless you for all you do for teachers and students! #youmatter

  • JoAnnJ68

    Aloha Angela,
    We have been back for a week and I can truly say our teachers were R.E.A.D.Y. So many took time out this summer to learn and and begin to respect the fact we too are not alike in our personal learning. This has been a huge leap forward. Self discovery and reflection is so important and leads to our ability to learn right along with the kids.
    Wishing everyone a happy school year.
    JoAnnJ68

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