It feels so great to be able to write for the 30 Goals Challenge again and have the opportunity to share activities/ideas/thoughts that I’ve been working on throughout this year. This goal is special for all of us though for reasons that I feel go beyond our professional identity as educators. Self-reflection is – or at least should be- a lifelong practice, a habit we should adopt in our search for self-development and self-improvement.
I started teaching in 2004 and have been blogging since August, 2011. There have been many beautiful moments as well as challenges in both my teaching and blogging life and I feel fortunate I’ve been through all of them over the years. They’re the reason I am who I am today and have influenced my choices as a person and educator.
As part of the goal, I had to dig up those early posts and see how I felt about teaching and myself back in 2011-2012. Taking a look at most of my posts I realize how passionate I was and still am about learning new things or experimenting with new tools or ways of teaching. There’s a goal that I haven’t accomplished yet which is to create my own cooking-based workshop or possibly teach a cooking class in English.
I also realized that at the beginning most of my posts revolved around my teaching experimentations and student motivation, but I think that over the years I’ve become more concerned with issues such as teacher identity and the -often high- expectations we, teachers have of ourselves.
One thing is for sure – the more we write, the more we dig deeper in our souls and the more we share, the more we learn about who we are.