Educator Bucket List

[Part 2 of 3 in an attempt to create a meaningful essay response to the Friends’ School. “What would you hope to gain from your internship?”]

During my intern year, I’d like to scratch some things off my educator bucket list.  Or at least begin to explore them. I’ve recently started this list as a way to flesh out my self-directed learning goals.  I feel these make me the kind of teacher I want for my own children.  Although not all of them are quantifiable, nor even achievable during the intern year, I believe they are the best representation of what I *will* gain during my internship… because I am actively seeking these things. In no particular order, the first 10 items on my educator bucket list:

  1. Build and maintain relationships with mentor teachers throughout the world who will broaden my horizons and stretch my worldview.
  2. Understand  multiple intelligences and use them to personalize student learning opportunities.
  3. Attend EduCon 2.4 in person (January 2012).
  4. Manage a student directed classroom while still meeting state standards.  (I really think it can be done…. I’m just not sure how yet!)
  5. Visit Mitch Squires’ class and school…. in Sydney, Australia.
  6. Lose my preconceived notions about what learning should look like, and learn instead to observe students in the act of learning.
  7. Equip children to relate to other people as global citizens, with respect for personal differences and understanding of cultural differences.
  8. Spend a week at Reggio Emilia attending their week-long workshop.
  9. Create a classroom community that is supportive, respectful, energetic, and joyful.
  10. Obtain my Initial Colorado Teaching License.

More items to come.  I have added a page to this blog with my ‘bucket list’ items, where I can grow them, change them, and cross them off. ((Here we go again with that paper thing…. but I still think I need it.  Bottom line, I want the respect that comes with it. However shallow that makes me. 🙂 I find it more than a little amusing that WordPress keeps cutting the number 1 off of the “10”, leaving that item at number “0”.))

Do you have an educator bucket list?  If not, would you like to start one with me? If you do, please share a link to yours in the comment section .

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