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What Can I Do Better

What Can I Do Better?

When I first started teaching, I compared myself to veteran teachers. I wanted to know what I could do to be as good as they were. I longed to have their know-how. Today, I wonder, am I a veteran teacher? I’ve been doing this job for over seventeen years, yet I don’t feel like a veteran. I still reinvent myself every year. I constantly question my teaching even though I’ve been doing this for so long. Back when I first started, I thought I would get to a point where I knew the best way—where I would have it down cold. Yet, seventeen years later, I still seek the answer to the same question I had when I began my career:  What can I do better? The difference now is that I know it is good to question my teaching. In fact, it makes me a better teacher.

Lori McLain
7th Grade Language Arts Literacy Teacher
Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School
Bridgewater, NJ

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Posted By: Anonymous User on 3/26/2009 12:44:17 PM

Lori, You have been an inspiration to your colleagues as well as your supervisors. I have been fortunate to serve as one of your supervisors in past years and know that you have always sought the best strategies for your students while sharing your expertise with other teachers. Lena Beale - retired supervisor, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School

Posted By: Anonymous User on 3/25/2009 9:31:02 PM

"I still reinvent myself every year" is so true! Just when you get a little comfortable, take that cleansing breath and want to "share some expertise" you look up and out to colleagues who have the next idea or the latest angle and your mind takes flight like the kite trying to reach the stars. Isn't teaching fun? After 35 years I still think so although I am looking forward to Spring Break right now. I never want a substitute to "do my day"--it's that great! Do you think it's the 16 almonds I ate today--nutty? Arlene, Grade 4, Venice, Florida

Posted By: Anonymous User on 3/25/2009 1:18:42 PM

Thanks for the inspiring words! In my seventh year, I am still expecting to develop the formula that WILL WORK every time. You're right...there is none. We have to keep changing as our students do. Sherri Bartocci Robert Morris School South Bound Brook, NJ

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