Well, we are at the end of the first week of the “What is a R.E.N.E.W.E.D T.E.A.C.H.E.R.?” series. Today, we focus on the letter D.
As RenewED Teachers, we must leave no room for chance. We must:
DARE TO BE INTENTIONAL
I went to a networking event hosted by KyShira Moffett, back in June where I met some
amazing boss females dominating in a plethora of fields, primarily from the City of Pittsburgh. I was the only classroom teacher there. Nevertheless, as I always do, I turned this day and the weekend into a learning experience.
I had the opportunity to meet, LaChelle Binion. She is the author of the blog, The Kismet Life, and the Director of Alumni Engagement at Carlow University. As soon as I met her, I
knew the description of her, by Angelica Cooper (a high school friend I recently reconnected with), was a too legit! I immediately saw how genuine, passionate, and simply put, kind, LaChelle was. I could see she was living her passion. I felt comfortable in her presence.
Ms. Binion was one of the speakers at the conference I attended the day following the networking event. She said a lot of things I agreed with, and one thing that really stuck with me was when she said, “Get strategic — Be intentional. Think about goals and what you want to do and strategies, how you are going to get there.”
Because I feel teaching is my purpose and my passion, every conference I attend or class I take that is not directly related to education, I find a way to make it connect.
While LaChelle is up there saying, “Be intentional!” I am sitting in my chair, all in my head, asking myself:
Is what I do in my classroom intentional?
Am I being strategic?
Am I thinking about the goals I have for my students as I plan?
What are those goals?
What strategies will I use to help them meet/exceed these goals?
I also had these same questions about this blog, and this is one of the reasons I began this series. But that’s another topic for a different post.
This year in my classroom, I will ask myself these questions daily, as I am on a journey to become a RenewED Teacher. I will DARE TO BE INTENTIONAL in everything I do. What does this mean?
Although I do many of these things, as I am sure you do as well, I feel that there is always room for improvement. As I stated earlier this summer on one of my Facebook posts,
With that, everyone, I DARE YOU TO BE INTENTIONAL.
As we continue to learn and grow together, I am interested in your thoughts and ideas too. Since I have dared you, I would love for you to share what you plan to be intentional about this school year and in general. Leave your thoughts in the comments! I cannot wait to hear from you!
Until then, Happy Teaching!
Krystal L. Smith, The RenewED Teacher