This was an excellent write up of her opinions, and I agree with most of them. Collaboration, communication, passion and willingness to accept improvements or criticism are very important for new teachers, or anyone new to any career for that matter. I disagree with the need for all of the blogging and twitter and other things, and I only disagree because I would rather learn from interaction with a mentor, mistakes, books, and the occasional blog or article. The stuff she does, I do not have an issue with, its whatever helps her or you learn. They look like great tools, and I say more power to you if it helps. As with most of my peers, I feel a looming fear of failure or fear of the unknown maybe? I think any way you can cope with it (other than drugs or alcohol haha) is welcome. I know I have a passion for teaching, and I know I can accept failure and CONSTRUCTIVE criticism from administrators or mentors. I have experience with negative criticism and constantly being badgered, belittled, or what have you- and I can tell you first hand it does NOT make you tougher skinned and able to overcome and achieve. It makes you feel worthless, stupid, and unable to change to be good enough. So I hope wherever I end up in my first years teaching, co-workers will be understanding, supportive, and helpful. I know I would (and do at my current job) support and help co-workers learn and become better in a positive way, because we are all in it together as a team- for the kiddos.
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