First and foremost, I am a learner. I love learning new stuff. Over the 40 years in my education I have become more adept at using technology. I have learned to use new platforms and apps. I now write on the computer instead of paper (which explains my horrific penmanship these days). I create presentations electronically and share them the same way. And I am also learning more about reading and writing. I devour professional books, track down sessions at conferences where I hope to learn new skills and new ways of thinking.
I am a passionate teacher. Anyone who knows me has seen the passion in various guises. Last week I talked to a young man who was viewing newly released movies online and who did not think this was unethical or illegal. I am passionate about censorship. I challenge the "sets" and "kits" and levels and lexiles that are used to limit what kids can access and read.
I am someone who does not divest the teacher part of me when I am off the job. I recommend books to customers at bookstores much to the chagrin of my BH. I am always thinking of teaching and my role as a teacher. Hence, the simple question this morning that made me begin to reflect.
I am still evolving as a teacher. When I no longer am evolving, I think it is time to retire. The opening presentation at Boothbay featured Amelia Van Name Larson shared a quote, "If you can, as a teacher, be replaced by a computer, maybe you SHOULD be replaced."
So, what kind of teacher are you?