As readers of this blog from yesteryear know, in the spring of 2014 I left the classroom and took a position in faculty development at the local community college. At the time I thought I would never go back to teaching K12.
Not so much, it turns out! After four years I was ready to get back into the action, and I am now in my second year back. And it is SO DIFFERENT this time. Not because of the school I'm at or the students I teach or the admin I work with, but because of the benefits gained from the gap.
EVERY TEACHER SHOULD TAKE FOUR YEARS OFF!
Okay, so that's probably not realistic, but it has made a huge difference to return with a fresh perspective. I have the enthusiasm of a new teacher with the experience of a seasoned one, and that is a very powerful, and very HEALTHY, position.
I wasn't sure about returning to blogging so I've waited a little over a year, but I think I have some good things to share about that new perspective that may be helpful to others.
And, of course, being at a new school I have all sorts of new organization tips! Stay tuned!