“When was the last time you did something for the first time?” Or for professional educators, “When was the last time you did something professionally for the first time?” This is such a great question to ask and think about, especially for veteran teachers or administrators. We do a great job learning our jobs. Do we do a great job growing and learning new things in our jobs? One of the reasons I spend a lot of time thinking and talking about professional learning vs. professional development. The difference between those two ideas is significant in my mind. Probably a topic for a separate blog post!
Fife School District
39 years as an educator.
16 years teacher
3 years assistant principal
12 years principal
8 years Assistant Superintendent
BA, Washington State University
MAEd, Washington State University
Previous member of AWSP Legislative Committee
Previous member of UW Tacoma PEAB, Administrative Certification
Established and maintained Fife’s first website for 7 years
Present work includes establishing the first Teaching/Learning/Innovation department in the Fife School District. Examples of responsibilities include: teacher/administrator professional development, assessment, TPEP, curriculum/materials review, 24 credit requirement, technology levy leadership, teacher/administrator bargaining.
Initiatives underway in Fife, as a result of new TLI Department: AVID, OER, Curriculum and Materials reviews, Student Perception Pilot with CSTP, Google Expedition
Cofounder of Educational Internet Communications, LLC. Marketed and sold one of the first online grade checking programs in the US. Consulted with Seattle Educational Internet Company for 2 years.
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4 thoughts on “New favorite quote.”
Agreed! It’s our obligation as educators to seek continued professional learning not only for ourselves, but on behalf of our students. We don’t need to wait to be ‘developed’ by a class.
It’s amazing how fresh it keeps you… That feeling when you walk away from a good conference, or start a new job, or have that new lesson that knocks it outta the park. Every bit of work that you have to put in to try and learn new things reaps ten-fold when you go through it!
Thanks for another good quote!
Thanks Mark. It ain’t my quote except for the modification. But man, did it speak to me.