The biggest take away from the past two years has been the Inquiry journey I have taken part in with my colleagues. The release and collaboration time allowed all of us to grow as educators. We have become a close-knit group where we feel comfortable sharing and dissecting our personal inquiries and narratives. It has been exciting, rejuvenating, challenging and inspiring to share each other’s passions and personal inquiry journeys.
This year, the biggest break though – being able to make some peace with my personal narrative. Why am I the educator that I am? What do I do well? What do I do best? In an early post this year, I talked about teaching as my truest self. This is my biggest take away, truly embracing all my strengths and working on weaknesses, while receiving amazing support from phenomenal colleagues.
As another tear falls upon the keyboard, I know that these final tears are mixed with sadness, relief, joy, and hope. I am sad to leave my amazing collaborative partner Bonny. Until her and I worked together on Inquiry Buddies, I never truly understood the profound difference between cooperating with a colleague and collaborating with one. I am relieved that we once again have come out of the “Inquiry Chaos” to experience the “Inquiry Joy” felt by both students and teachers. Finally, I have hope for the future of Inquiry Buddies both at Willoughby and in the ways Bonny and I hope to connect my Grade 8 middle school students with her elementary students. We have had a will before, and we will definitely find a way again!
So May, as you fade into June and onward, amidst the chaos, I am not worried, because in all those cracks, there is light and it will eventually shine through!