As posted previously: I moved to Istanbul, Turkey. I had measured and budgeted to return here by mid-to-late September 2021 with lots to share . . . and I do have lots to share, I’m a little late . . .
My first teaching post in Istanbul was not ideal. I love living in Istanbul, but I wanted more than the weekends to cultivate a life outside of work here. So I looked for something else, and I found an incredible opportunity–personally and professionally; I am pursuing a position at the university level, a dream role.
In between my original post and my upcoming new post, I have some transition time to catch-up here, to reignite a discussion on classrooms, teaching, standards–all things education-based.
I hope your school year has started off a less bumpy than mine. I hope your classrooms are progressing nicely, and that you are able to teach in a place that maximizes learning and growth–for you and your students.
I have done my best to post here and there through the summer because August and September start a really big chapter in my teaching career: new school, new location, new life!
I am starting a long-held personal and professional goal: to work abroad/to teach abroad.
I am moving from California, USA to Turkey. I will be going back in the classroom, back in kindergarten–where my career began–but in a whole new country! I am allowing myself some time away from writing to enjoy the remainder of my break, and to allow myself the necessary time to transition into this new world and chapter of my life; I will be back in mid-to-late September with new content–really new, as I imagine this experience will give me a whole lot of learning to write about!
A repeat of all my work this past year–replete with additions, updates, and clarifications based on my initial presentation(s) and feedback. It’s been quite the July — and I still have a certification series to go!
These webinars have served as a tremendous growth opportunity for me. I have had to review what is most important to my work and research for every topic. I have had to play with technology and visual organization. I have had to rehearse definitions, arguments, concepts, frameworks, and possible Q & A. I feel more and more prepared, more and more inspired with each presentation–and I hope you can join me, share this opportunity, or provide me with added ideas as I move forward and keep presenting!
Every so often I go through a phase of intense research and discovery to find quality accurate representative literature for my classroom, for my friends, for the children in my life.
I focus on re-configuring my library. I am inspired to find the next best thing. I am thrilled to get to those books I have heard about, but haven’t gotten to read, until now. It sounds fun, and generally it is an enjoyable experience; however, I would be lying if I said it was always sunshine and roses.
As previously mentioned and announced, I have been fortunate enough to be able to take all my learning and passion into professional development training for my colleagues and fellow educators around the nation–most recently and specifically into webinar presentations.
All teachers know that while summer is our official break time, multiple opportunities come out for learning and preparation for the following year.
I have been asked, and I am thrilled to present, two webinars next week on two demographics of students near and dear to my heart, my work, my experience, and my community: BIPOC students and immigrant students.
If you can’t join me, please share with friends that may be interested, and wish me luck!