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Brand Spankin' New

The blog, not me.

I've been teaching for 16 years so I'm not a newbie, but blogging is a brand new enterprise for me.  Reading other teachers' blogs, pinterest pages, and ideas on TPT and TN has helped me reach outside of my classroom, my school, my district, and my state to see what other teachers are doing to find success in their classrooms.

Teacher sharing really is at the heart of teacher survival.  Isn't that how most of us persevere in this crazy job?  We share ideas, what works, what doesn't work, crazy stories, frustration, our strengths and weaknesses, personal triumph and pain. Then we take it back to the classroom, put it all together and make it work.

That's why I feel like a 'teacher in progress.'  Just when I think I've had a terrific day (or week, or year) and everything went pretty well, I come across the most amazing way to share a new concept with kids, or I'll read a book that blows my mind and causes all kinds of upheaval in my ideas about teaching.  We're never really 'finished' becoming a teacher.  We just keep learning and morphing and becoming.

So here I am, up late on a summer night, thinking about school and planning for next year.  But I'm not alone.  There are so many others out there, up late while the family sleeps... thinking, planning, gleaning, sharing, becoming a teacher...

Here's to the journey!

~Nikki Sabiston

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