August has arrived and we are gearing up for a new academic year. With it comes a twinge of anxiety and a whole lot of excitement. After all, as educators we never know how far our impact will carry.
At this moment, my mind is buzzing with ideas, to do lists, organizing a combined learning space, memories of previous academic years, and it is just a tad overwhelming. Yet, when I take a moment, and think about those memories, I am reminded of how much I learnt last year.
Being a part of a collaborative learning community led to growth and learning I could not have imagined at this time last year. We began the year in two separate classroom as teachers who shared ideas, and ended it as a Kindergarten learning community, that knocked down walls, both literally and figuratively!
So, how did it all begin? It is probably a combination of many things, but the one that keeps coming back to me is our willingness to say ‘yes.’
Saying yes has not meant that I, or our collaborative learning community did everything that was proposed.
Saying yes is more about being open to new possibilities for the benefit of all learners.
Saying yes is about considering what we can achieve together.
Saying yes is about failure and learning.
Saying yes is about learners’ agency: both educators and students.
In the past year I have said yes to:
- working as part of a collaborative team that was able to do more together than I could achieve on my own;
- deepening my understanding of how young learners develop number sense;
- becoming a Seesaw Ambassador;
- writing a blog;
- leading PD for my colleagues;
and most importantly of all, our learning community said yes to our young learners.
- Our learners discovered their voice and felt valued;
- They learnt how to plan and manage their own learning;
- They learnt about listening and collaboration;
- They learnt creative problem solving skills;
- They learnt about failure, perseverance, resilience and grit.
And I’m sure the list could go on. I am reminded of this quote by Mother Teresa that came across my Twitter feed:
Being open to new experiences and learning will have an impact!
Will YOU say yes today?