They say “Life is a Highway” but where is the roadmap? What signs are you seeing along your educational highway? Caution, Stop, No Parking, Winding Road, Construction Ahead…between Common Core, RtI and all of the other educational programs it’s no wonder teachers are feeling overwhelmed.
On Wednesday, September 26th over 30 educators from across Miami-Dade County Public Schools gathered together as new members of the STAR Ambassador Program for an exciting kick-off event. The day consisted of a “Life is a Highway” theme were we discussed:
- The importance of a tune-up. Everyone needs to take time to improve their skills.
- Valuing and appreciating that are a variety of different types of vehicles along the highway. Some faster, some slower, some older, some younger. But remember, it was the tortoise that won the race.
- It’s not about going from 0-60 in 10 seconds. It’s about understanding the steps that get us to the right speed.
- Utilize your rearview mirror. It’s important to learn from the past.
- Don’t spin your wheels. Take baby steps to avoid burn-out.
- Identify who is in your pit crew. You don’t have to do all the maitnence yourself. You don’t have to know all the answers, you just have to know who to go to in order to find them.
- Who is in your passenger seat? Having a friend, mentor or coach to provide guidance and help in navigation is critical.
- Map out your path. There might be curves along the way but it’s important to know where you are going.
- Don’t forget about your fans in the stands. Your students, parents and administrators DO want you to succeed.
- When you get to the end and see the checkered flag celebrate your success, but don’t forget to gear up for the next race.
Throughout the day these educator received an overview of Discovery Education, experienced a Day in the Life of a Discovery Educator and participated in a Flipped Classroom activity. You can see an example HERE. As the day came to an end the participants were enthusiastic about what they learned and eager to take their knowledge back to the classroom.
As Miami STAR Ambassadors they will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of professional development and networking experiences throughout the next 6 months. It was a pleasure to work with such inspiring educators and I can’t wait to be back in Miami to see how they have progressed.