After reading this week’s readings, I can’t help but laugh at the fact that just this week during PD our principal told us that we can’t use the word “yoga” anymore because we’ve had complaints that it is spiritual (religious) in nature.
This being said, I also truly connected with this article. As a second year teacher, on most days I feel like all I do is wobble! Just this week I wobbled SO many times…
- How do I respond to a student being disrespectful?
- How do I handle disagreements between students?
- How do I teach skills that my students need when I can’t always fit them in with our curriculum and/or program?
- Am I differentiating enough?
- How can I better my practice?
From what I hear and see, most teachers really struggle (wobble) when it comes to district mandates… I think it would be fair to say that every teacher has had this struggle at least once in their career!
I believe as I progress in my career, I am learning how to pose – what do I believe in and why? However, I am also learning how to wobble. It feels, to me at least, as if the more experiences we gather, the less I wobble when it comes to dealing with certain topics. However, I rarely feel like I have flow… I think part of that is because I am just still so new. However, as a preservice teacher, my mentor once told me that the second I believed I knew everything about teaching and had nothing left to learn was the second that I should leave the profession. This thought surfaced for me as I read about perpetual flow because, as the article says, it doesn’t exist! This is what my mentor was trying to say to me – perpetual flow means that the teacher has become comfortable and in unchanging, which is not who we should be as professionals! This is a place we can visit, and it feels good, but it shouldn’t remain for long!
I look forward to enjoying the rest of my career as it plays out – as I become more posed and maybe wobble a little less? I look forward to experiencing flow, but not living in it.
All my love,