As much as I loved working with these students, I felt I needed a change. In August, I had the opportunity to change roles. After setting up my CSSI classroom for the year, I moved across the hall and set up a grade 2 classroom. These last two weeks have been filled with new learnings for me as I take my experience in special education and transfer it to a new setting. In many ways, I feel like a rookie again.
Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki said, in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice<https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/231282>, "In the Beginner's Mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few."
I feel so many possibilities open up for me, for my new students and for my former students. I see my former students nearly every day and I am planning on working on some buddy projects with my new class and my former class.
Together, my new students and I are learning together and creating community.
John Kershaw (@jmkershaw) – teacher, strong supporter of inclusion, Loose Mooser, life-long learner