An update and the plan: Reflecting on Continuous Learning and Thinking Forward

So it’s been a long while since I’ve blogged. So long I have a “follow me on Google+ button” on my site. And a lot has happened since I have last logged in to add some ramblings.

I’m now a vice principal and MYP coordinator. I’ve gone through a learning curve of becoming a senior leader. I’ve gotten lost in GoogleDocs, meetings, professional learning. And I’ve learned a lot and I get to work with some amazing people. I’ve love being a school leader, but I wasn’t sure of what my voice would be if I blogged. And to be honest, I didn’t have the space (calendar or brain wise) to really share my learning publicly

And this year, COVID-19 hit. For 13 weeks we closed campus and all learning happened as part of our Continuous Learning Program. Online. From the relative comfort of our homes teachers, students and leaders learned how to learn without the ease of common spaces and times. And I finally feel the desire to start sharing again because I don’t want to forget what I learned in this crazy time.

Here is the plan….

Every week for the 13 weeks we had a closed campus I sent a video to my middle school students, parents, and teachers. I’m going to use those videos a prompts to remember what was important in our learning as we adjusted to this weird time. And I’m going to try to remember what decisions we made, why we made them, and what lessons I want to take forward to next year and beyond. We don’t know what next year will bring, but I know there was some serious learning that happened last year and I don’t want to forget it before the madness begins again. I’ll be blogging from my perspective and what happened in the middle school, but it should go without saying that nothing here I did on my own…I would have lost my mind without the support and hard work of so many other people.

It won’t be fancy, but I’ll try to be honest. And as always, I’m blogging for me. But feel free to read along.

Stay Safe,

R

About Rebekah Madrid

MYP Humanities Instructor. International School Teacher in Japan. Google Certified Teacher. Apple Distinguished Educator. National Board Certified Teacher. Traveler & TV Watcher. This is where I write my thoughts about all of the above.
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