(Click on the graphic to see other Saturday Sayings. Last week's was one of my favorites.)
I'm a rule follower if there ever was one. My speedometer doesn't know it can go over the speed limit. When asked to read something for a class, I read every word. When the doctor says, "Don't touch that bandage," I don't touch that bandage. I could go on and on. When it comes to my classroom though, I'm in a bit of a pickle.
I've been thoroughly spoiled during these 18 years of my teaching career. My administration has allowed me to use my professional and moral knowledge and judgment. I've been allowed professional autonomy, and I haven't been a follower. I haven't been a rule follower. Gulp!
What would I do if my principal told me to dust off those teachers manuals? What would I do if they wanted me to teach with fidelity? (I have some opinions about fidelity. Shocking I know! Go here to read about them.) What would I do if I were told to get out the basals? I honestly don't know what I would do. The scenario pulls at my natural instinct to follow rules as well as my Christian principles of honoring authority. Yet when it comes to my classroom and what I believe is best for kids, I just don't know how I could feel right about teaching in a way that didn't mesh with my pedagogy.
I'm by no means advocating that teachers do anything that would jeopardize their job or relationship with administration. I wholeheartedly believe in honoring those who have been placed over us. What's the answer then? Honestly, I hope to never be in a position to find out for myself. When all is said and done though, I think I'll be sticking with Regie on this one.
"We need to be the gatekeepers for sane and sensible practices." Regie Routman, Teaching Essentials 38
Before I leave you I've got great news! Tammy from First Grade at Storybook Cafe is joining me for Saturday Sayings today. Let's all go see what she's got to say. I know it's going to be good! (Let her know you were there if you don't mind.)