2017 was quite a year. Though there are memories I'll treasure, it was a year filled with both great joy and deep sorrow, sometimes occurring in the space of one day. A roller coaster ride of emotions that I will remember, but not necessarily want to revisit. So as 2017 draws to a close, I find myself looking forward rather than back and this perspective has helped me choose my One Word for 2018 - Possibility.
A quote from Sir Ken Robinson, "The real role of leadership is climate control, creating a climate of possibility" started my thought process as to how possibility is actionable.
As a teacher, it is my role to create a climate of possibility for my students each day. My role is not to spoon feed them information or give them the answers, but provide a classroom where they are free to explore, discover, and learn unfettered by the limits of my imagination.
Possibility means that I will not limit my students based on expectations. By providing a range of ways for them to express their learning, I will hopefully allow all students the opportunity to be successful in meeting the standards for which they're held accountable.
Acting on this word means that I will help my students see possibility within themselves and teach them to not allow the preconceived opinions of others to constrain them.
Here's to 2018 and all the possibility it holds.
As a teacher librarian in a 6-8 middle school, when I'm not dreaming up all sorts of tactics to get books into my students' hands, I am seeking new ways to harness technology to help them learn.
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