Subscribe in a Reader
Laura Tracy Baisden's blog
After 21 years of classroom teaching, one of the most interesting and rewarding leadership duties I enjoy is mentoring new teachers. Mentoring provides me the opportunity to work with fresh, talented, young men and women who love kids and the idea of education. Mentoring also encourages me to stay in tune with the newest research in my field, to keep my practice updated, and to every day know and understand the WHY that underlies my teaching practices and classroom structures, so that I can communicate them to the teachers with whom I work in this capacity.
Here’s an observation about life in general, and education in particular: attendance matters.
I support the National Writing Project. Unequivocally, irrevocably, without reservation, I offer the project my fullest, best support. The professional development offered by the local, state and national networks of NWP is the best I have ever experienced. There is no better long-term teacher development program, and without the NWP I would be a much different kind of teacher (provided I had survived this long, without the network). Because of the writing project I know that I am an expert in my field. I’m not perfect; I make mistakes.
I learned that family can be sweeter than anyone could ever imagine
And that colleagues can form a family unimagined
I learned that yard sales are not for the weak in body
And that goats have their own agendas.
I have learned that bubble gum comes with a host of traumatic stories
And rivers, creeks, mountains, and houses all make for amazing metaphors.
I learned that it’s OK to be TOO TOO Wordy
Or short, sweet, and to the point
That a friend brings more leaders to the table
And that writing, even badly, is never bad
In summer institute I have learned