We are Darcy and Julie, a teacher and an instructional coach who have spent the past two years working together to change the way we think about teaching and the choices we are making in classrooms.
We became educators for many reasons. One is because we are curious, and life-long learners. We don’t like to go through the motions or settle into too much routine because we believe that every year in the classroom is the first year of teaching. Nothing stays the same. The kids. The tools. The strategies. The approach. The teacher. It shifts.
We believe that the most effective educators are flexible, and understand that one of the best things they can do for themselves and their students is to never get comfortable or settle into their teaching practice.
We are in it for the long haul, and teacher burnout is real. Teacher self-care is essential.
So what will we offer here?
We are going to share education stories with you. We are going to ask questions, and surface challenges and name strategies and tools that you can use tomorrow in your classroom.
As English teachers, we believe that one of the most effective ways to get ideas, resources, and tools is through storytelling. William Carlos Williams was onto something when he wrote that we all have a story to tell, and that by listening to each others’ stories we learn and use those learnings to take action. That is what we are here to do together.