Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Revisiting, reflecting, and revising---the 3 R's of the good teacher

It's reflection time again. We've just finished our first big unit of the school year, and I'm reevaluating and readjusting before we begin our second. I've also done some revisiting of my old blog. It had figuratively began to gather a little dust, so I've dusted it off and decided to try my hand at writing again.
Since I last wrote, I've adjusted how I do my homeschool. Just like a good writer continually rereads and revises their work, I think a good educator is constantly reflecting on their work, revising it, and making it better. People are not static, and they never develop in a simple and predictable way. So why do I imagine I can create the perfect curriculum that will suit us all from here on out? However. . . I was rereading how I did my homeschool last April, and you know what? I'm thinking I kind of like it, and might want to try it that way again. So now, the question is, how do I strike the balance between being a "double-minded" educator blown with every wind of curriculum or method and being a flexible teacher sensitive to the changing needs of her students?