Education changes each day. As educators we must make our own pedagogical and personal shifts in order to stay current and provide the best possible learning experiences for our students. I was thinking of how the staff and students at Sandy Hook Elementary have had to make shifts right along with many educators in the nation in regards to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). They have faced the challenges and excitement that has occurred because of all of the changes that comes along with the CCSS. As educators, we have so much in common (no pun intended). I hope that the events in Newton will give us all a chance to sit back and reflect on all of the many positive things we have going for us in our schools. I hope we notice the positive things that have happened in your teaching and in student learning. Educational shifts and changes can be challenging. It is important to remember that as educators we are in a community of with others educators around the nation working toward common goals of educating our young learners. Moreover, I feel it is time to really be thankful that we are educators, and that we have to opportunity to make positive changes in the lives of the students we teach.
I send much peace to the families and staff at Sandy Fork Elementary and to ALL educators around the nation as I know these events affect you deeply. Change happens in education daily. Let's make the most of it and strive to be HERO's in the eyes of the students we see each day. Thank you to Sandy Fork Elementary Teachers and Staff. You are truly HERO's!