Five years have past; five summers with the length
Of five long winters! again I hear
these waters, rolling from their mountain-springs
with a soft inland murmur.
I have been thinking about the beginning lines of Wordsworth's poem Lines and how I might reflect on these for my second entry. I can imagine him hiking in the Lake District coming across Tintern Abbey and realizing that five years had passed since he had last been there and thinking the thoughts of how much life can change in five years. I have reached my five year mark as a teacher and I find myself looking back and looking forward.
I often heard veteran teachers remark that the first five years were the hardest and that after that it gets better. And although I tried hard to make my learning curve as quick as possible, there is something to teaching for five years. This past year I felt my teaching shift into a different gear and being able to manage things much more easily than before.
I also like looking forward to the next five years and thinking about setting new goals. My last practicum teacher had said to me that he was more interested in what teachers were going to do five years after they were hired rather than the first five years. He was just becoming a VP at the time and was aware that in interviews we often stress the first five years and not the career.
Well, children are crying, its taken me a week to get back to this blog so I am going to cut the "prosy part" short and come to this. What I want to achieve in the next five years is consistency of approach. A more intentional refinement of strategy and expectation. The ability to set long term goals and the consistency to work towards the goals
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