A Guide

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“Ready for the New World” describes both my personal outlook and my objective for teaching.

I’m ready for a new world that supports education for all people equally, regardless of ability or background. I’m ready for a new world that values our differences and offers educational pathways that lead to all the meaningful outcomes available in our globally connected world.

I began this blog to document a specific journey I took between September 2013 and March 2014 to England, as a recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching. This post, gives an introduction to that journey. You can read more about the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching here, and I encourage other teachers to apply for this life-altering opportunity to connect with the international education community.

I continue to blog to connect with other teachers, students, families, and anyone else interested in changing American education from within. I’m interested in reading your blogs and comments and participating in a community of people committed to quality, diverse, and equal education. You can read my goals for blogging here.

I homeschooled my own two children for 11 years and have written about that wonderful and life-changing experience in posts like this and this.

I have been a classroom special education teacher for over 20 years, and have written about my experience in the series, “Speaking from Experience”.

Join me in conversation on twitter @beccaleech

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6 thoughts on “A Guide

  1. Well it looks like you and I have a lot in common. I cannot emphasize enough the “professional development” that took place during my year exchange to Australia. I am an avid supporter of educational exchanges at any level. I’ll have a look at your Fulbright posts.

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    • Yes, I loved reading your blog about your exchange. So glad you are reaching out to other teachers with your newsletter to promote teacher exchange. Observing classrooms in other countries puts our own classroom practice into perspective, and helps remind us why we became educators in the first place. I was amazed at how many of the same pressures teachers in the UK faced.

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      • One of the biggest roles we take on as a support group to visiting teachers is to simply let them talk about their experience in the classroom. We know that when they get home again, no one, or very few, will understand or be that interested in their observations/learners while on exchange. People typically asked me how my trip was and would walk away after 2 sentences or so.

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      • Many of my Fulbright teacher friends have reported this disappointment upon returning to their home schools, as well. It’s good when we’re able to find each other online to share it all with. Teaching, itself, often seems such a solitary practice. Our teacher minds whirr with all the thoughts about the goings-on in our classrooms and ideas we have for things that we will do in our classrooms in the future, but there is rarely anyone to share it all with…and along came the internet and social media to the rescue!

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  2. I agree with much of your post. Not all of the career options are not presented to students, and parents mistakenly believe that schools rule all that is educational.

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    • Thanks, Deidre. Your blog does a nice job of explaining some of the alternative routes to schooling, and how families can help guide their children through our seemingly rigid system into options that may work for specialized needs.

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