Mission Possible: Improvement in Teaching & Learning
Education is very important to me. It’s important to me as a parent but it’s also important to me because I am an educator. This fall I will begin my 8th year of teaching. I will be teaching preschool for special education students. Over the past 7 years I have taught many children how to read when they walked into my classroom not knowing their alphabet.
I have celebrated successes with young students. I have struggled along with them. One thing that sticks out about most of my students is the tenacity that a young child can have. I have worked with many struggling young readers and very few of them were ever willing to give up.
If only we all had that kind of drive.
Teaching is Challenging
I love being a teacher. It’s one of my passions and there is not a feeling in the world that matches the moment when the light bulb turns on for a student.
But teaching is challenging. It often feels like I’m being pulled in too many directions. It can be frustrating because so many teachers I know, myself included, just want to do the best that we can. It takes a toll on morale and I’ve seen many of my amazing colleagues leave the profession because they are burnt out.
In a profession where the demands and expectations continue to rise while support often seems to diminish, something has to change.
Success in Any School
In Mission Possible by Eva Moskowitz and Arin Lavinia, they share tips from their experiences working with Moskowitz’s Success Academy charter schools that can benefit any school. They offer ground-breaking methods for improving teaching and learning that have been tested in classrooms. As a teacher, tips and advice that have worked in other classrooms are ones that I am more willing to implement in my own classroom.
One of my favorite parts of this book was the Success Academy credo of ACTION. ACTION stands for Agency, Curiosity, Try & Try, Integrity, Others, and No Shortcuts. As a teacher, I can see these guidelines making a difference in my classroom and throughout my entire school building.
Accept the Mission
This is a book I would love to share with my administration and my fellow teachers. It addresses the rigor that we are working to develop. It focuses on the students. It’s about education. As a parent, I think it also provides insight into the world of education and what is best for our students.
You can learn more on the Mission Possible website.
Formula Mom Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. However all experiences and opinions are 100% my own.